Why Participate in Family Therapy?

Families sometimes view substance use disorder as a condition limited to the addict. They reason that addicts are the ones who use the drugs or alcohol, so they are the ones who need treatment. Research has shown, however, that family therapy as a part of a recovery program is one of the most effective approaches for treating addiction in both both adults and adolescents.

Family therapy addresses two aspects of addiction. The first focuses on the personal issues family members have encountered because of the addiction. They may have experienced abuse—physical and emotional—and have feelings of guilt, shame, and anger. Family therapy gives them the opportunity to work through these issues and begin their own healing process.

The second facet of addiction addressed by family therapy focuses on dysfunctional relationships within the family structure that can enable the addiction to continue. Families may provide a safety net or financial support that allows the addict to continue using. They may ignore the problem or keep it a secret to avoid public embarrassment and the stigma of addiction. These types of behaviors are known as codependency. Overcoming codependency can contribute to the success of the addict in recovery.

The family program includes:

  • answers and education for the family about the disease of addiction
  • weekly family contact with the patient’s therapist
  • a family relapse prevention plan to end enabling behaviors
  • support for family members who have been directly affected by their loved one’s addiction
  • a signed contract between the patient and the family, reinforcing their commitment to recovery
  • development of an aftercare plan for the patient and family
  • approved therapeutic visitations in a safe and supportive environment
  • aftercare support for families after treatment

Your Family is our Client

The disease of addiction impacts families and loved ones in a variety of ways. Very similar to the addict/alcoholic who is overwhelmed by their substance, a family’s lives can be overwhelmed by their worry, concern, anxiety, and desire to control the narrative of their loved one’s addiction. The early sobriety and recovery process is a long-term process that requires constant care, support, education, and resources. A team of professionals are involved in the Family Case Management. Blanchard & Associates helps families navigate the chaos and “unknowns” of early recovery. We work with families to help them with their questions, point them in the right direction for support and treatment, and assist them in a time of crisis.

Early “Family Recovery” is a comprehensive and involved process for families. Family Case Management adds order, education, awareness, support and a foundation to families in their initial journey into their “new normal” in recovery.


If you or a loved one is struggling with substance use, please call 704.414.7227 or fill out the form below.