Family Counseling

Here at Harmony Stuart, we understand that family means everything. However, we also know that many people who have a mental health disorder or addiction may have strayed a bit from their family. There are many reasons for this. For instance, if you struggle with addiction, you may have been isolated from your family, so they didn’t question your substance abuse. If you have a mental health disorder, you may have stopped talking to your family because you felt they didn’t understand who you were.

lf in these situations, our team wants you to know there are solutions. One solution that we have for you in our treatment programs is family counseling. If this is something you want to know more about, keep reading down below. If you have more questions, please let us know today.

What is Family Counseling?

It may seem self-explanatory – family counseling is counseling for the therapy, right? Yes, it is. However, it isn’t just a place where everyone goes to talk. It is much more than that. When you work with a therapist here at Harmony Stuart, you can create recovery goals. You and your family can feel safe to express what you are thinking and feeling. Together, with the help of a therapist, you can work on understanding and forgiving each other. During the counseling sessions, you can work toward common goals within the family, as well.

What Other Benefits Can You Receive from Family Counseling?

If you attend family counseling at our Harmony Stuart treatment and wellness center, you will receive many benefits. Some of these benefits include:

  • Having a safe place to talk to your family about what you experienced and felt during your addictive lifestyle or with your mental health illness
  • Allowing your family members time to tell you how your mental illness or addiction affected their lives
  • Working with the therapist, you can create family goals to achieve during the treatment sessions
  • Having a place where you can all support one another in achieving recovery (yes, even your family need to recover from your addiction, as it affected them, too)
  • Learning how to identify and put a name to feelings such as fear, anger, resentment, stress, and confusion

Here at Harmony Stuart, the family counseling sessions we offer can benefit our clients and their family members in so many ways.

Substance Abuse and Family Relationships

Many people don’t fully understand the extent as to which substance abuse impacts their family members. Many family members of those with addictions don’t fully get what their loved one is going through either. Learning more about how substance abuse impacts family relationships can help everyone to grow and recover.

Some of the most common ways that substance abuse negatively impacts relationships within the family include:

  • Causing regular negative emotions such as embarrassment, anger, resentment, and guilt
  • Causing issues with safety for everyone involved
  • Creating more communication problems such as arguments, yelling, and mixed messages
  • Not properly caring for each other
  • Avoiding responsibilities such as working, helping around the house, caring for kids, and paying attention to family events
  • Not respecting each other’s boundaries
  • Not having enough structure within the schedule or in the family
  • Denial on both sides – from the person with the addiction and their family members

The good news is that with the help of family counseling, you and your family members can solve some or even all of these issues. You can start to heal together.

If you want to know more about how these issues can be worked on during the counseling sessions, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team today. We can walk you through the process of family counseling today.

Addiction and Children

Unfortunately, children are often stuck in the middle of their parents and the addiction. This can lead to the development of unhealthy coping skills and social skills for the children. If you have an addiction and you have children, they may:

  • Try taking care of of you
  • Do their best to please you
  • Convince themselves they are to blame for your issues
  • Avoid having friends, so they don’t have to discuss your addiction

It is very important to understand that children can’t properly deal with a parent’s addiction, especially if they are younger. However, even if you have teenage or adult children, your addiction can still negatively impact them, as well.

Use Family Counseling to Help Bring Your Family Back Together

Do you have an addiction or a mental health illness? Has it negatively impacted your family members? If so, you are not alone. Our team understands this issue and we want to help.

Contact us today to start going to family counseling with your loved ones, so you can try bringing everyone back together.

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