Family Therapy Treatment Program
Addiction is a family disease. While only one person may have the disease of addiction, family members and close friends are also impacted in a variety of ways. At GateHouse, we believe that when someone with substance abuse problems decides to get help, it is imperative that the family educate themselves about addiction and the recovery process.
Family Treatment Process
The GateHouse approach is based on behavioral management. The basis of this therapy is reinforcing positive experiences and is broken down into multiple phases:
For the first 30 days, family contact with the loved one in treatment will be limited. The GateHouse clinical staff believes that the addicted love one needs at least a month to focus on him/herself to start the healing process. These 30 days also allow the staff at GateHouse to form a better understanding of the client and determine the best course of action for each individual. For families, the most important thing to remember during this time is that their loved one is in a safe place. Families will still receive updates on their loved one via weekly case management calls from GateHouse therapists.
Once the GateHouse staff deems it appropriate, the family will be allowed to become directly involved with their loved one’s treatment. This may include bi-weekly sessions with GateHouse therapists, and increased contact with the client to work on family relationships.
At this time, the entire family will be asked to set healthy boundaries with each other and maintain them. However, communication and contact with the client may be limited or interrupted if the boundaries cannot be maintained.
If the family chooses, they will have the ability to come to the GateHouse facility for more individualized family therapy with their loved one. We highly recommend that families begin attending Al-anon meetings before any face-to-face therapy sessions are made available. It is important that any family meetings be positive for both the client and the family and that everyone involved is taking responsibility for the relationships by practicing mindfulness.
Our family weekend program is a 3-night, 2-day program designed by our licensed family therapists. During the program, you and your family will spend time learning about yourselves and your loved one, as well as how best to support their recovery.
On the first day, you will investigate a multitude of topics including:
- The Neurobiology of Addiction
- Codependency and Sharing the Disease
- The Disease Concept
- Enabling vs. Helping
- Family Genograms
On the second day of your family weekend, you will go over tools such as:
- Family Roles
- Effective Communication Skills
- Emotional Clarity
- Anger vs. Forgiveness
Each part of the family program is vital to the long-term success of your loved one’s recovery and sobriety, as well as the overall health of your family unit.
Recovery for the entire family begins with the acceptance that we are powerless over the addicted person’s usage and/or behavior. GateHouse Treatment is where sobriety becomes a way of life.
Start Healing Today
We are here for you. We are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, whenever you decide that you’ve finally had enough and it’s time to start your recovery. Let us call you and help you on your journey to long-term sobriety.
155 Main Dunstable Rd.,
Nashua, NH 03060