Family Counseling Services
At Serenity Now, CMHC, family members and significant others in the family system are encouraged to participate in the addiction treatment process. With the understanding that relationships are the cornerstones of human growth and development, particular attention is drawn to healing existing relationships as well as developing new ones.
The family system plays a central role in the treatment of any health problem or disease, including mental health disorders and substance abuse. The two disciplines of substance abuse treatment and family therapy bring different perspectives to treatment implementation. Being able to effectively combine the two disciplines allows for a more integrative treatment process for both the client and their loved ones. A family is a system, and as with all systems, each part is related to all other parts; as a result, a change in one part of the system will also affect the other parts. Given this understanding, family therapy utilizes the strengths of families to bring about positive change in various areas of life, including mental health.
Recovery is progressive, which applies to the entire family system as well. Family recovery is a continuing process and there is no limit to the growth potential, if all members are willing to do the work. The foundations of this recovery are most vulnerable for the first two years of sobriety and the greatest amount of support and involvement should be used in protecting this process. The two main purposes of family therapy here at Serenity Now, CMHC include: 1) To identify the family’s strengths to develop ways to live without drugs or alcohol; 2) to ameliorate the impact of chemical dependency and mental health conditions on the lives of both the client and their family.
Family therapy sessions and weekly conference calls are scheduled at the client’s primary therapist’s discretion. As the client progresses in the recovery process the family will be educated on the disease of addiction and mental illness, as well as begin the healing process by re-establishing honest communication and healthy boundaries.
Our staff here at Serenity Now, CMHC understands the complexities of the family system and are happy to provide a safe space for families to heal past wounds and build healthier relationships through open and honest communication. We also recognize that there is no single immutable definition of family. That being said, we define family according to the client’s closest emotionalconnections; thus, geographically distant family members are still encouraged to participate in family therapy. When families are unable to visit the program, family sessions are conducted through telephone conference calling.
We understand the pain and torment that a loved one’s mental health disorders and/or addiction can cause the family system, which is why it is important to start an open dialogue amongst the client and the family members. The thought of family counseling may produce anxiety for all those involved; we assure you that our dedicated therapists are prepared to mediate these sessions and manage any difficult emotions that may surface. An important and exciting aspect of the recovery process is healing past relationships and building strong and healthy new ones.
We have developed a support system for all family members that will be effective for your needs.Call Serenity Now, CMHC today at 866.802.5868 to begin your journey into recovery and healthier relationships.