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8 Benefits of Family Counseling During Treatment

Families go through stressful situations at some point in life. They may experience death, sickness, financial hardships, divorce, or mental illness. Some also face addiction, which can unravel families at the seams, physically and emotionally.

Addiction is a family disease. One person may use, but the whole family suffers and families can use counseling as a way to heal. Here are 8 benefits of family counseling during treatment:

  1. Managing feelings. It’s hard to let go and move on when a devastating and stressful situation or event occurs. While it’s important to express yourself and let out your emotions, a family therapist helps manage these feelings. Manage your feelings with family counseling so you can get the help needed to heal with family.
  2. Counselor’s advice. We tend to think we are always right and do not want to hear otherwise from a family member. A counselor is observing and listening as an outside source, and can make thoughtful and reasonable decisions in the best interest of the family. A counselor plays a neutral role in family counseling and benefits all members in the family.
  3. Listening. Family counseling allows everyone to listen to each other. Things can get out of hand when people don’t listen. Shouting, over-talking each other, and fighting will only spiral out of control without a counselor to guide the direction of the conversation.
  4. Time. Everyone in the family takes the time to listen and gain a better understanding that it takes time to recover and heal. A family may need one session or several. There is no limit since each situation is different.
  5. Challenge yourself. It can be hard to do, but family members need to make changes for a productive healing process. Try to proceed with a positive attitude and refrain from any negative or demeaning comments. A person with an addiction could feel worthless and hearing anything negative can push them to use again.
  6. Strengthening relationships. Another benefit of family counseling during treatment is how the family learns from each other. Stay honest and open with communication among family members.
  7. Networking. A family can find great networking opportunities with others in similar situations. The counselor can direct the family to many helpful online communities or similar networks in the local area.
  8. Don’t give up. Family counseling can be more beneficial than individual counseling because family can encourage you to not give up. This applies to the person in treatment and the rest of the family.

The Serenity Recovery Center at Encino Medical Hospital is offering your loved ones a new way to begin their journey of recovery. Excellent clinical care, medical management, and the highest levels of comfort are our priority at Serenity. Call us today for information: 866.294.9401