At JourneyPure Bowling Green, we know that it can be difficult for family members when a loved one is away at treatment. Whether you have a loved one in treatment, or you’re thinking of coming to treatment yourself, JourneyPure Bowling Green provides a first class family program in Kentucky.
We were founded on the belief that recovery happens in the community, and no community is more important than family. Family involvement throughout the treatment process is essential to the success of long-term recovery, and as such, JourneyPure Bowling Green offers family programming for every stage of the treatment process.
We provide couples and family sessions, family groups, visitation, and family weekends, all so that we can include those closest to the recovering individual in the treatment process.
Why is Having a Family Program in Kentucky Important?
Family programming, like the kind offered at our family program in Kentucky, is in many situations integral to the recovery process. This is not to say that if you do not have a family involved in your recovery that you will be unable to stay sober, but rather when it is feasible and possible for family involvement, it is always a positive addition to the treatment process.
The reason for this is because addiction is a family illness. This means that often times the illness of addiction affects the family of the addicts and alcoholics more than anyone else, including the addict or alcoholic themselves. The families of addicts and alcoholics have to deal with the entirety of the illness. They have to deal with the lying, the cheating, the scheming, the missing money, the instability, the late night phone calls, the police and legal trouble, and the general chaos that is produced during active addiction.
Unlike the addict or alcoholic themselves, the family cannot check out when this occurs, and many times they do not have substances to fall back on to remove the anxiety and depression that is produced from living in such situations.
Due to this, it is important that the family is brought into the recovery process so that they can not only begin to heal themselves from the years of damage that has been caused, but also so that they can have an intimate knowledge of what their loved one is doing in order to get better.
Often times it can be tremendously difficult when a loved one goes to treatment and many families, while hopeful, remain skeptical that anything will actually change. However, by involving the family in the treatment process, they will be better able to see the changes that are occurring within their loved one and therefore will be more apt to trust the treatment process and work with it.
How Family Programming Helps After Treatment Ends
Recovery is in a very real sense an entirely new beginning for the addict or alcoholic. The person that they once were will essentially be gone, and a new, healthier, more honest and loving person will seem to replace them. When this occurs it can be a shock to the family and they may find it difficult to find a way to relate to their loved one. For years they were used to putting out fires or just living in general chaos, but now that their loved one is sober they may find it hard to figure out what their place is.
Family programming, like our family program in Kentucky, helps to make this transition smoother, especially after treatment ends, and the recovering individual re-integrates back into society.
If the family is a spouse then family programming can help to bridge the gap between treatment and when the individual returns home. It can get both parties ready for this transition and give them a better leg to stand on. As strange as it may sound, sometimes sobriety, especially in the beginning, can be as stressful on the families as active addiction was. This is mostly because of the dramatic changes in the family dynamics that are taking place and as a result, professional support should be utilized.
When it comes to parents of addicts and alcoholics, they many times will need help with the transition of their loved one into recovery. Many times parents have taken an overly protective stance in their addicted child’s life, and while this is to be expected, especially given the circumstances, once recovery has taken hold, they will have to give their child some breathing room. Doing so is not always easy, as they have spent years filled with fear and anxiety over what was going to happen to their child. Often times newly sober individuals will complain about overbearing parents, and what family programming can offer, is bringing both sides together in order to better understand one another.
For instance, in family sessions, the addicted child can begin to understand that they will not gain the trust of their family back after a few weeks or a month, but rather this process will take much longer. Vice versa, parents will begin to understand that they need to allow their child to make their own decisions and live their own life, which will not only allow them to better relax and take care of themselves but will also allow their child to thrive.
Very often there is a long road of restoration ahead for many families, but with JourneyPure at your side, your family can traverse anything.
Finding a Family Program in Kentucky
If you think that you or your loved one may have a problem with drugs or alcohol and you believe that they need a family program in Kentucky then call the professionals at JourneyPure Bowling Green today. Our trained, caring, and knowledgeable staff is standing by to help you in any way that they can. They know exactly what it is that you are currently going through and they want nothing more but to help you through this trying time. There is no need to continue to suffer in silence, so please give us a call today.