Evidence shows the inclusion of loved ones in an individual’s treatment highly improves the likelihood of lasting recovery. Potential benefits include the following:
A chance for family members to have an opportunity to openly discuss their concerns, questions, experiences, and feelings.
The client has a chance to hear how the family genuinely experienced the addiction in an open and supportive environment.
It gives the client an opportunity to receive genuine support from the family, which in turn can help facilitate compliance with treatment.
Pressure to remain in treatment due to family wants and desires, can often result in the client remaining in treatment and continuing with the program even when motivation and desire to do so is low.
Family can learn about behaviours they should avoid (those considered to be enabling) and beneficial strategies to help them cope/deal with the addictive relative, in both active addiction and recovery.