Addiction is hard on families, and it makes it difficult for anyone to maintain healthy, supportive relationships.
Addicts lie to keep their addictions hidden. Addicts spend money on their addictions — often money that was supposed to be spent on rent, car payments and other expenses. Some are no longer able to hold a steady job, further stressing finances. And many addicts steal to support their addictions.
These behaviors are enough to stress even the best relationships. And unfortunately, that stress too often leads to emotion and physical violence in households with an addict.
One thing is obvious. Addiction doesn’t just impact the individual; it affects their family, friends, co-workers, and — perhaps more than anyone — their spouses.
Because addiction affects everyone, we believe effective treatment must include everyone. That’s why a central part to most treatment plans at Wyoming Recovery relies on family therapy and counselling.
Family Therapy for Drug and Alcohol Addicts
Our therapists believe that many family problems created by addiction exist between people, not within people. Family therapy is all about getting those problems out in the open and building open lines of communication, so that family members can share their thoughts and feelings openly and honestly.
The licensed family therapists at Wyoming Recovery work with patients and their families to explore how alcohol or drug use is affecting interactions within the family. This can identify points of friction in the relationships that have arisen from specific actions or ongoing behaviors.
Once the issues have been recognized, our therapists can help facilitate working through those problems, and help families come up with real solutions to address the issues and repair the relationships.
The Importance of Couples Counselling in Addiction Treatment
The relationship between couples is intimate and private, so it is often difficult for couples to seek help from outside their relationship. Wyoming Recovery is a safe space for couples to speak openly about the issues and conflicts they face in their relationship.
Our licensed therapists work to build open lines of communications between the patient and their partner, so they can be honest about their feelings and frustrations, work to understand each other, and solve problems together.
The partner is typically who an addict hurts most, but it’s also the person they depend on most for support during their recovery. That’s why it’s very important to heal and strengthen the relationship during treatment.
Get Addiction Treatment Help at Wyoming Recovery
Are you ready to take the first steps on your journey toward recovery from drug or alcohol addiction? Start the admissions process by filling out this online form or call (307) 265-3791 to speak with a case manager.