Therapy – for the loved one
Supporting someone through addiction and misuse can be very important but also very draining. It is important to look after your own mental and physical health. The following can help:
- Counselling / talking therapies can help you get things off your chest and learn good coping strategies in thoughts and behaviours
- Support groups
- Don’t blame yourself!
Nearly 1.5 million adults will be significantly affected by a relative’s drug use*. Almost 1 in 5 adults in the UK (19%) have personal experience of drug addiction either directly themselves or through loved ones or friends, and 1 in 20 have experienced addiction in their family.
You are not alone.
Structured Family Therapy – during inpatient detox and/or when returning home and in receipt of outpatient care
As part of our Family Support Program, we offer family and friends the opportunity to participate in fortnightly family therapy sessions. Led by our experienced therapy team, family support sessions are excellent opportunities for the patient in treatment and their loved ones to address the ways in which the addiction has impacted on them as individual and as a wider unit.
Family support also provides a structured and supportive environment in which family members can address the difficulties that they have experienced in a healthy and productive manner.
Family members will also learn how to make lifestyle changes that will empower them to live healthier and more satisfying lives, whilst also providing the most effective support to the individual in treatment during their lifelong recovery journey.
The Benefits of The BONDS Clinic Family support program:
- It allows out therapists to gain input from the family, observe how the family interacts with the patient and each other and learn more about family dynamics.
- It can encourage your loved one to continue with their treatment program knowing the family supports them.
- It offers your family member an opportunity to learn how the entire family has been affected by their addiction.
Is there any specific help that The BONDS Clinic team can provide for the loved one?
Alcohol or substance misuse can be damaging to the person and those trying to support them. Most often, supporting a loved one through addiction is draining. You may need individual therapy to understand what has happened and to help you develop better coping strategies to protect your own mental and physical health. Then, psychological therapies can help with rebuilding a relationship that has been sorely strained.
It is important to:
- Recognise that your role is hard work. It is normal to be stressed by the situation. You are not alone
- Set realistic expectations
- Focus on healthy communication
- Avoid enabling
- Rebuilding trust will take time
- Utilise resources available to you such as psychological therapies and support groups