Addiction is typically referred to as a “family disease” because of the impact it has on family relationships. Your addiction may affect your emotional and physical health, but it also affects the people who love you, including parents, siblings, children and friends. In some cases, addiction causes behavior changes that can damage your relationships with others, leaving you without the support you need to make a full recovery.
During a family therapy for addiction session, you’ll have the opportunity to speak to your loved ones under the supervision of a trained therapist. The therapist can help you communicate your needs without resorting to aggressive behavior, making it more likely your family members will be willing to listen to you. Your therapist can also help you and your family members work through generational trauma and resolve conflict without causing further damage to fragile relationships.