If you or your loved one suffers from a drug or alcohol addiction, then you likely intimately know the countless ways addiction has the potential to undermine a family’s very foundation. Everything you’ve worked so hard at creating together may be shaken, challenged or altered in ways that can be very hard to bear. An addiction doesn’t just affect the person taking the drugs or alcohol—it can create a changed family dynamic, one that requires its own measure of support and attention.
At Turning Point, we understand the unique complexities that revolve around this situation. We are poised to offer you and your family compassionate insight, education, counseling and support, so that you can, together, move forward towards more positive and healthful relationships.
Addiction Can Derail Life And Stability
When a person suffers from an addiction, their focus might begin to take a narrow scope as they shift their energy away from important aspects of their life, towards the pursuit of finding and using drugs or alcohol. In the process, they might negate critical responsibilities and let their relationships deteriorate. As they plummet deeper into the spiral of addiction, they may make choices that jeopardize their job, schooling or finances, or even embroil them in legal problems, all of which can threaten a family’s solidarity.
Due to this, resentment may surface, accompanied by numerous other negative mindsets and emotions. Both parties may begin to feel blame, shame, unhappiness, loneliness, doubt and despondency. Left unchecked, these things may gain momentum and create tension, fueling an already tenuous, and at times, volatile situation.
These things won’t easily go away on their own. Our skilled and compassionate staff has the patience, perspective and insight to help you find your way out from beneath the burden, confusion, fear and hopelessness that may have pervaded your life.
Addiction can have a wide and colored history. That is to say that the type of changes and damage that occurs can vary from person to person, and family to family. For this reason, a therapeutic community, such as that offered at Turning Point, is essential towards recognizing each family’s distinctive needs as a means towards rebuilding and renewing a positive sanctuary for your family member during recovery.
Family Therapy And Support, A Harbor Within The Storm
If you choose, you can integrate your family into your treatment. Family counseling and support is dual purpose—it strives to rectify damage done to both parties, uprooting negative thought processes, behaviors and emotions, and replacing them with positive and healthful ones, in a way that garners healing for both the person in treatment, and their family members.
Family counseling becomes a unique tool to further develop and implement the positive coping skills you’ve learned within other aspects of your treatment, while engaging you to learn even more. It is an adjunct therapeutic method that helps you to reestablish yourself in positive and powerful ways within your family dynamic, so that you can learn to heal and work together more efficiently as a family. Your family will have numerous opportunities to learn how they can better sustain and encourage you throughout the duration of your recovery.
Reconnect, Rebuild, And Renew
Addiction places a heavy burden on a family, one that may not be the easiest to overcome, especially on your own.
During an addiction, people can be quick to pass judgement or blame—conditions that can hamper an already delicate situation, and drive people even farther apart. We understand that these can be normal reactions to these stressful conditions, however, we also know that within recovery, success hinges on your, and your family’s ability to overcome these things, in turn creating a strong and resilient family unit.
Our staff will help you and your family to recognize any unhealthful behaviors that might be hindering your progress, or even exacerbating the addiction. We will support you with empathy and insight, guiding you towards the truth, skills and information that can aid in both freedom from addiction, and discordant family relationships.
Let us help you, the family member, to:
- Realize what you have control and responsibility over, and more importantly, what you do not
- Reaffirm your needs and learn to take care of yourself instead of focusing all your attention your your loved one and their addiction
- Recognize, readjust and correct any negative and unhealthy communication patterns
- Pinpoint ways in which your family members may be enabling your drug or alcohol use, and teach you healthier ways in supporting your loved one
- Identity and work towards resolving any family conflict
- Overcome judgement and blame; begin forging trust
- Uproot denial and replace it with a positive and focused awareness, supported by good coping skills
- Establish healthy boundaries
- Reestablish your family’s direction and work towards setting achievable goals
These things are all necessary when you’re trying to rebuild healthier relationships. Whether it be a child, parent, sibling, spouse, or other family member, you will have the opportunity to meet with your loved one in a safe space, one that our staff has taken great care towards developing, so that you can begin to bridge the gap that may have risen between you.
Establish A Strong Foundation For A Lasting Recovery
Sometimes, even though you may live with a person or encounter them and their behaviors and reactions on a regular basis, you may not completely understand the situation. There can be a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding surrounding an addiction, in a capacity that can come from both directions.
Many times, family members, even in their good intentions, will say something or act a certain way that can, in actuality, push the person struggling with the addiction farther away or make them feel more hopeless. This may happen because a person’s family may not accurately understand the complexities of the addiction, or it may occur because they are hurt and are acting out in frustration, fear or retribution, reactions that are not conductive to forming a positive, healing environment.
In order for a family to lend the strongest measure of support, they must learn not only about the addiction itself, but about their role within it, and the recovery process. Sometimes this information might be hard to hear, which is why we’re here. Our staff meets each family where they’re at within their journey. We understand that every person, and every family dynamic is unique, built upon a varied history of shared experiences, individual perspectives and personal needs.
We can help you to recognize and respect this, while working towards establishing wellness, communication, trust, respect, accountability and a positive and engaging family environment. In order to achieve this, Turning Point offers you, the family members, a rich diversity of educational programs that can help you to stay en pointe, open-minded and at the ready with an arsenal of knowledge and skills during your loved one’s recovery journey.
Learn Valuable Life Skills Together
As noted before, an addiction heavily impacts many facets of a family’s life. As a person leaves their addiction behind them and strives to regain control over these areas of their life, they may, at times, feel overwhelmed. During this period, it can make an immense difference if a person’s family not only understands this, but if they are integrated into the process.
As your family member works through Turning Point’s treatment program, they will learn how to regain control over the skills that are essential towards having a productive and fulfilling life. Your involvement can also further aid in healing, as some family members may yet harbor resentment toward the person who used drugs or alcohol, due to the ways their behavior shaped the family’s foundation. Taking part in rebuilding these things in an active and proactive way, while working towards a common goal, can help people to reconnect and develop a sense of pride, momentum, purpose and hope.
Heal And Become Whole Together
Change doesn’t happen overnight, especially when the damage may extend to numerous people in a variety of ways. Despite this, the good news is that change is possible. We can help you to overcome the hurts, broken trust, miscommunication and negative emotions that often surround a family when they’re consumed by an addiction.
Don’t go it alone—Turning Point’s guidance and support can make the difference. Through our family counseling programs and education, we can help you to revitalize your relationships, while obtaining valuable tools and critical coping skills that can help to make your or your loved one’s recovery a success. Contact us today, and we can tell you more about how we integrate family support, counseling, and education into our highly successful program.