FAMILY THERAPY PROGRAM - ADDICTION, ALCOHOLISM & MENTAL HEALTH
Behavioral Wellness and Recovery believes in the crucial importance of engaging the patient’s recovery alliance into the therapeutic process from day one. Drug and alcohol addiction not only effects the individual captured by the substance, but also the entire support system including the family, which we refer to as “the recovery alliance”. The recovery alliance can also affect the patient’s recovery either positively or negatively. It is possible for a patient to heal individually, relying only on outside recovery supports. Though we believe that the best healing occurs within the entire recovery alliance. The alliance can be critical to a drug addict and alcoholic’s long-term success by reducing the relapse potential.
We not only believe in discussing effective communication and coping skills to replace ineffective patterns of behavior and stress management skills, but also in enacting and practicing them. After all, how can we be sure the new patterns will be effective if we are not able to first try them out and practice them in a safe environment? The co-discovery that our first ideas for healthy communication, coping skills, and relationship management aren’t as effective as we’d hoped. At Behavioral Wellness and Recovery, we provide a safe, supportive and encouraging environment where individuals and families can engage in a candid co-discovery process of identifying old patterns of behavior and communication through using the LEAP Model.
Behavioral Wellness and Recovery’s drug and alcohol rehab staff will listen with profound and quiet curiosity to fully gain an understanding of the nature of the relationship, noting the positive aspects and the areas that should be evaluated for improvement. We call this “Seeking to Understand Before Being Understood”.
It is important that staff, patients and their recovery alliance are not talking over each other to win a battle or to be “right.” This type of communication has likely not benefited anyone in the past. It is crucial to empathize with the experience of others, as everyone experiences and perceives reality in a different manner.
Listening deeply to the drug addict and alcoholic’s point of view and actively attempting to “put ourselves in their shoes” automatically tends to start the healing process for the recovery alliance unit and fosters the recovery process. Fundamental to this process is understanding one another’s experiences and affirmations of the braveness and dedication that is required to engage in the difficult process of healing and growth. Our family program establishes a nonjudgmental and collaborative process between the drug and alcohol rehab staff, the patient, and his/her recovery alliance. In life, there is always “give and take”. Neither absolute and firm boundaries nor the complete lack of boundaries can lead to a functional relationship.
Through the joy of choosing to be with another human and sharing each other’s experience, strength, and hope is the pathway to self-actualization. Self-actualization brings freedom, hope and peace to our being human.
The family program in Behavioral Wellness and Recovery’s drug and alcohol rehab begins during the week leading up to its commencement. Family activities during the weekend begin to set the stage for the intensity of the therapeutic work that is to come. This includes work in individual and family therapy sessions as well as group sessions. The patient’s recovery alliance will also work closely with the patient’s Primary Therapist in preparation for the family weekend through supportive phone calls and during routine family sessions.
We highly encourage all patients and their recovery alliance to attend the family program. To learn more about our family program, please contact your family member’s Primary Therapist, or contact an Admissions Specialist on our 24/7 helpline at (800) 683-4457.
BEHAVIORAL WELLNESS & RECOVERY
704 West Nields St., West Chester, PA 19382 | (800) 683-4457
Serving Philadelphia, PA, Lancaster, PA and Wilmington, DE