To help make recovery as successful as possible, a person should consider all forms of professional treatment to identify and address issues contributing to substance use. For many, family therapy techniques can be useful tools for maintaining sobriety while improving communication and relationships with loved ones.
What Is Family Therapy?
- Parents and grandparents
- Romantic partners
- Structural/strategic family therapy
- Narrative therapy
- Multidimensional family therapy
- Multisystemic therapy
- Bowen family therapy
Structural/Strategic Family Therapy
- The commonly repeated and predictable interactions of the family determine the behaviors of the individuals.
- The power of the family is too strong for one person to resist or change on their own.
Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT)
- Improving family functioning
- Reducing substance use
- Reducing delinquency
- Developing peer relationships
- Boosting school performance
- Therapy in the home
- Therapists who are available 24 hours per day
- A focus on the IP’s strengths instead of weaknesses
- Family members and therapists sharing the power during sessions
Murray Bowen believed that all of the issues within a family unit stemmed from their inability to manage anxiety, and substance use is just a flawed way to handle anxiety. Unlike other therapy approaches, Bowenian therapy is based on the idea that one person can change the entire family.
Bowenian therapy will find the most motivated family member, using them to produce change and balance the family through independence and improved coping skills.
Family therapy approaches may not be best for every situation, but if substance use impacts you or your loved ones, family therapy could help. Call Next Generation Village to begin the treatment process today.Medical Disclaimer: Next Generation Village aims to improve the quality of life for people struggling with a substance use or mental health disorder with fact-based content about the nature of behavioral health conditions, treatment options and their related outcomes. We publish material that is researched, cited, edited and reviewed by licensed medical professionals. The information we provide is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It should not be used in place of the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider.