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At Into Action Recovery, we believe in family participation in the addiction recovery process. Whether the client is from the Houston area or out-of-town, the client’s family can be involved in the recovery process.

What is Family Therapy for Addiction?

In family therapy for drug or alcohol addiction, the entire family works with a licensed professional to uncover family roles in addiction and offer the addict support through sharing their thoughts and concerns. 

Oftentimes, enablement and other unhealthy behaviors take place within the family that contributes to the addiction. A family therapist can provide the platform and tools needed to give everyone the opportunity to communicate effectively and receive effective feedback to support the addict’s recovery.

Local Family Involvement in the Recovery Process

When a client comes to us locally, we can work with the family one-on-one. Upon admission, the family is contacted, and a family questionnaire is emailed. While the client is in detox, the family is asked to fill out the questionnaire so that we might establish the client’s history from the family’s perspective. This helps to establish if the client is being truthful, as it’s common that clients are still in denial about their addiction during this time. 

It’s often said that addicts are “the last ones to know they are sick,” and oftentimes, this family form will help the clinical staff to know the extent of their use.

The primary counselor will then contact the families while the client is in detox and will continue to do so on a weekly basis to keep them informed of the client’s progress.

There is also a weekly family group meeting that they can choose to attend as long as the primary counselor approves.

Out-of-Town Family Involvement in the Recovery Process

When a client has been through treatment previously and/or has significant geographic issues that might serve as triggers to them (i.e., friends or family that used with them or are enablers), being out of town for treatment is typically the most beneficial course of action. Even when the client travels a long distance for treatment, family involvement is still important to the recovery process. 

The client’s family can complete the family survey and participate in weekly family conference calls and conversations with the primary counselor. The family is kept abreast of their loved one’s progress throughout the recovery process and will be made aware of discharge recommendations for continued care, which may consist of sober living or outpatient therapy back home. With addiction recovery, we know that chemical dependency must be treated as a family problem, not just the individual’s.

Why Choose Into Action Recovery?

Clients benefit from our proactive, people-first approach that ensures they experience personalized, attentive therapy and treatment throughout their recovery journey. We stand by our clients even after they graduate with ongoing alumni events and support.

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