The Power of Family in Addiction Treatment
Anyone who has ever had a loved one with an addiction problem knows that it affects the whole family. However, when it comes to treatment, families don’t always get involved. “There’s a mindset that it’s the addict’s problem. They’re the one that needs to get it fixed and deal with it,” says Jeremy Rakes, MSW, CADC Counselor, Bradford Health Services. “It’s one of the biggest misconceptions about drug addiction treatment.”
Bradford Health shifts the focus from the patient to the family because we know that when family is involved, chances for a successful recovery increase. We start by offering a number of ways families can participate, from support groups to our 3-Day Family Retreat. These are important ways families can learn not only about drug addiction, but how they play a role in it. Many times, well-meaning families enable their loved one’s addiction without knowing it. Once they’re aware of different enabling behaviors, families can break the cycle and provide a more supportive environment for when their loved one returns.
And, our programs are open to others outside the family. We define family broadly because we recognize that the most influential people in life are not always blood related. We want to make sure anyone who’s a source of strength or support for our patients is welcome and included, so they have the best chance for a successful recovery.
Learn more about Bradford’s family approach to addiction treatment, by watching our video.
If you think your loved one may have a problem with substance abuse, please call us today and take the first step. We are here to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 888-577-0012.