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Family Therapy

Soul Sanctuary was created to heal the souls of individuals at the depth of despair over their addiction to drugs and alcohol. We are a small residential rehab facility located in beautiful Laguna Beach, CA right on the ocean.

Family Therapy for Addiction Treatment in Laguna Beach

Substance abuse affects more than the user alone; it envelops the entire family and loved ones of the addicted individual. Family relationships can be damaged beyond repair if the addiction and any underlying issues are not addressed. At Soul Sanctuary, we provide family therapy as part of your personalized treatment plan. Our Laguna Beach addiction treatment center uses various evidence-based practices that will give you the tools you and your family need to help you achieve long-term sobriety. Contact our Orange County facility today to learn more about our addiction treatment programs.

What is Family Therapy?

Family therapy is a branch of psychological counseling that provides help to families that have difficulty communicating with one another and resolving conflicts. A mental health professional provides the service within a private office, rehab facility, or clinic. While family therapy is often a short-term treatment, it offers long-term help for those who participate in it. 

Substance abuse treatment often involves family members or loved ones, as they play an essential role in the recovery process. Several studies suggest 

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that those who struggle with a drug or alcohol addiction have a higher chance of recovery with family support. However, this can be difficult as family members may not know how to offer their support healthily and productively. By implementing family therapy into a treatment program, families will have the opportunity to learn the best way to provide help for their loved ones and set healthy boundaries. 

Substance Abuse & Family

When a person struggles with a substance use disorder (SUD), it impacts every part of their life, including their family. If not addressed in a healthy way, it can cause fracturing within the family unit and affect the physical and mental health of the entire family. During treatment, families will be involved in the recovery process and learn skills to re-build communication and broken relationships. These skills include:

The Family Role

The family unit is made up of roles that each person plays to function correctly and have a certain level of stability. The family unit and roles adjust when addiction is thrown into the mix. For the functionality to continue, new roles and behaviors are added, resulting in negative consequences for the entire family. These roles include:

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The Enabler

Often, a parent, significant other, or sibling, an enabler, places the responsibilities of the addict onto themselves. Often these include finances, taking care of the house and children, and working. The enabler tends to make excuses for the addict and is in denial about their problems.

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The Hero

Usually an older, more mature sibling who tends to take on responsibilities that they are not ready for. They can take on the parental role and try to keep the family functioning as the addiction progresses. However, this becomes more difficult the longer they avoid the problem, and the addict's issues become more severe.

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The Scapegoat

The misbehaving member of the family. This person continually shirks responsibility and is often getting into trouble at school, in the workplace, or with the law. These negative behaviors often bring chaos into the family unit.

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The Mascot

The joker of the family, these individuals will often try and ease rising tensions by using humor. While this can bring momentary relief, it does not solve or help with the underlying issues. However, the mascot will continue to use humor as a coping mechanism because they know that it brings relief and wants to maintain the family's functionality.

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The Lost Child

This person is isolated from the rest of the family and tends to develop social anxiety because they never learned how to build relationships. They will often get lost in fantasy to cope with the hostile environment within the home.

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The Addict

Usually an older, more mature sibling who tends to take on responsibilities that they are not ready for. They can take on the parental role and try to keep the family functioning as the addiction progresses. However, this becomes more difficult the longer they avoid the problem, and the addict's issues become more severe.

Benefits of Family Counseling

Establishing Treatment Goals: Family Therapist can help families develop treatment goals for themselves and as a collective unit.
Enhanced Communication: Help families communicate better by providing them with exercises and tools to build healthier habits.
Improved Family Relationships: By improving communication and rebuilding trust, families can strengthen their relationships and build a positive emotional foundation to help them move forward as a family.

Family Therapy at Soul Sanctuary

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Addiction is a complicated and destructive disease, and its impact is never isolated. Family members will always be negatively affected by their loved one’s substance abuse. Being involved in the treatment process, families can begin to rebuild the relationships that have been damaged due to addiction. At Soul Sanctuary, we redefine the family systems so that you can regain a healthy functioning family unit. Our Laguna Beach rehab center provides highly-qualified therapists that will help you and your loved 

one through each step of the recovery plan. You can help your family heal from the damage caused by substance abuse and support your loved one as they work to achieve long-term sobriety.

If you or a loved one struggles with substance abuse or a mental health disorder, contact us today.

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