“In recovery, your shape changes. In order for you to fit back into the rest of the puzzle, your life, the other pieces of the puzzle must also change their shapes to accommodate you.” ~ Augusten Burroughs
In reality, families are often just as traumatized by addiction and mental health crises as their loved ones. To build a foundation for a lifetime of recovery, it’s essential for you to process how your family member’s challenges have affected you.
We see your entire family unit as our client. Many families engage in our support for a year or more. We provide recommendations and guidance for each individual family member involved, which can include:
- help finding their own individual therapist
- encouragement to attend support groups (NAMI, AL-ANON, CODA, etc.)
- support attending a therapeutic workshop
- additional recommendations as appropriate
Family Coaching provides specific support for your family, to help you understand and implement different ways of interacting with your loved one. Our family coaching services also include educational and emotional support via weekly, hour-long sessions which can be conducted by phone, in person in the San Diego or DC Metro areas, or via HIPPA compliant (secure) video conference. These sessions are conducted by a therapist who has been clinically trained in family systems, CRAFT*, and Motivational Interviewing techniques.
If your family member is struggling with the idea of treatment but does not necessarily require a full intervention, this process can benefit anyone looking to be of support on the road to recovery.
*What is CRAFT?
Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) teaches family and friends effective strategies to support their loved one through change and to feel better themselves.
In a 1999 study, substantially more CRAFT participants entered into treatment (64%) than did their counterparts who were supported through different methods. Two additional clinical trials in 1999 and 2002 showed similar results, reporting that 64% and 68% of identified patients who entered treatment were receiving CRAFT, versus 17% and 29% in the other groups.
You are not alone. We offer free 30-minute phone or video consultation.