According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, the sense of belonging comes just after human basic needs. This goes to show just how much we humans crave being a part of something, wanting to be wanted, and needing to feel useful.
A familial unit is the best place to provide this feeling; this becomes an integral motivating factor in one’s sobriety and long-term recovery. The family program during your addiction treatment will help you have this belongingness back again after being consumed by the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Family Homes with Addiction
While there is no one-size-fits-all solution for helping a family member who is drinking too much, using drugs, or dealing with a mental illness. Research shows that family support can play a major role in helping a loved one with mental and substance use disorders. 
Family members may be more likely to notice when their loved ones are experiencing changes in mood or behavior. Being able to offer support, family members can connect those in need with treatment, resources, and services to begin and stay on their recovery journey.
“This was a lifesaver for my family.They are very supportive and keep you updated on the loved one that is in the program. They have meetings for the family as well. They are very personable and make you feel comfortable to share whatever is on your mind.”Robin Hawkins
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Family Program & Therapy Session
A licensed therapist usually conducts family therapy sessions. You need to trust your therapist to be able to open up and talk about your issues during these sessions. Parents, whether married or divorced, spouses, siblings, and even grandparents can attend. Above all, therapy sessions are tailored according to the specific family’s needs.
Family program therapy sessions have different approaches to each member, and also depending on the problem you may be trying to solve. However, in most cases, the therapist will begin by observing everyone together. That way, they can hear everyone’s point of view, see how they interact with each other, and understand what role each member plays.
After getting a perspective on the most important topics, besides the main problem, you may spend time separately with each family member.
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Family involvement increases long-term success for our clients. Our dedicated family counselors use e-therapy sessions, online information, and advice via text or phone calls providing the support you deserve to succeed. We offer intense family weekends teaching how to engage without enabling or triggering your loved ones.
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Addiction affects more than just the patient as it affects everyone around them, and particularly their families. For the same reason, it is important to treat both the addict and his or her loved ones. This is to address the ways the addiction has impacted each other through supportive services for family members.
Family Member Roles in the Program:
- Firstly, parents should attend family support groups as they are often the most affected by the addict’s behavior and struggle.
- The subject matter may seem hard for children. However, when of a certain maturity level, they may be able to help the addicted person confront the denial of the wreckage caused by their substance use.
Husbands and Wives
- Significant others are often the most entrenched of the groups. Even if they are enablers or abusers themselves, if the one going to treatment sees they have their loved one’s support, they will feel more confident in their choices.
- Some friends are as close as family and should be included in supportive services.
Additionally, the duration of therapy often depends on the availability of the family members as well as the severity of the issues.
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Family members that are supportive and knowledgeable in the recovery world (especially with help from Al-Anon) will be extremely beneficial. For instance in offering practical help like taking you or a loved one to treatment, therapy, or meetings. They can also encourage you to attend a 12-step program and even attend meetings with you. This type of help is essential in making you or a recovering loved one have a sense of importance and usefulness.
In a group of others in recovery, which will soon simply feel like a group of friends, one can get help on various life issues. For example, they might be able to help or suggest a new place to live, a career path, or anything else.
In conclusion, social support, especially from the family, is integral and will easily help boost morale and fortitude. Family should be careful not to enable you or your loved one. Enabling might seem like support. But, it makes the individual less motivated to stop abusing drugs, as their lifestyle and choices are being supported.
When a family member is experiencing a mental or substance use disorder, it can affect more than just the person in need of recovery. Evidence has shown that some people have a genetic predisposition for developing mental and substance use disorders, and may be at greater risk based on environmental factors such as having grown up in a home affected by a family member’s mental health or history of substance use. Families should be open to the options of support groups or family therapy and counseling, which can improve treatment effectiveness by supporting the whole family. 
Most of us who had been suffering from addiction or alcoholism have been cast out by our family, work, and even at times by society. This lifestyle has a knack for pushing those that matter to us most away. It is because we cannot help but simply be selfish about our own needs revolving around the drug or drink.
Our family program here at We Level Up will also ensure your recovery along with your family. This is to assure your sobriety and mental health are going in the right direction.
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Some of the many modalities applied and practiced within our residential treatment facility are:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
A family that is conscious of its role in helping the loved one to recover is likely to offer both the physical shelter and the psychological safety one needs during the early stages of recovery. Whether it is a nuclear family or a newfound family in recovery, family is always there! This setting makes recovery simple, insofar as us simply letting others guide and direct our decisions and behaviors in early recovery. This care and protection reduce the stress level often seen in early recovery and enables us to focus more strongly on their recovery, and what really matters, often helping us get back on track when we slide off.
An intervention is something that we at We Level Up NJ can also do aside from the family therapy. We will also participate for you or your family member to help ease the transition into a life of peace and recovery.
Call us today with any questions that you might have regarding our family program. Our counselors know what you are going through.
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[1-2] https://www.samhsa.gov/families – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration