GateHouse Family Program

Family Therapy at GateHouse Treatment

Addiction passes through families generationally, and is said to be the “gift that goes on giving.”

This is readily evident when addiction enters a family system, and it is just as apparent when recovery enters that system. While only one person may be suffering directly from addiction, those closest to the addicted loved one are also impacted in ways that they are both aware and unaware of. That is why when someone with a substance issue decides to get help it is imperative that the family seek help as well. The healing must happen together.

The GateHouse Family Program offers loved one’s of the addict or alcoholic the opportunity to become a part of the recovery, the changing of their loved one, and to begin any changes for themselves. Change begins with one person and when one person changes the way he or she functions within the family system, that system will change too. Knowing how to handle these changes and what to expect are key to the overall success of everyone within your family.

That is why the GateHouse Family Program brings all of us together to go over strategies that have been proven most effective in primary family systems where an individual is either still actively using or is in early recovery.

Not only does GateHouse involve the family in day to day treatment through weekly updates, and bi-weekly calls with our therapists, they also provide a full weekend where the entire family can become immersed in recovery.

GateHouse Family Involvement During Addiction Treatment

The GateHouse approach for families is based off PF Skinners behavioral management. The basis of this therapy is one of reinforcing positive experiences. And this is where it begins.

What the Family Should Know the First 30 Days

For the first 30 days, family contact will be limited. GateHouse believes that the addicted loved one needs the first month to heal. These 30 days also allows the clinicians and staff at GateHouse to get a better understanding of your loved one and determine the best approach to take once your family is introduced into the healing process. For families, the most important thing for them to remember during this time is that their loved one is safe. It is also important to note that the family will still receive updates on their loved one through weekly case management calls and calls from our licensed therapists.
Loved ones in treatment will participate ina multitude of therapies designed to heal the family system.Including but not limited to psychodrama, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectal behavioral therapy (DBT), EMDR and more.

What the family should know after 30 days

Once it is appropriate, the family’s involvement during a loved one’s stay includes weekly or as needed sessions with our LMFT, continued updates on how the loved one is doing, and more contact with their loved one.
The entire family will be required to set healthy boundaries with each other through communication rules and agendas for sessions as well as any contact with their family member. Some of our families, if possible, will have the ability to come to our facility for more one on therapy directly with their loved one. GateHouse highly recommends families begin attending Al-Anon meetings before any kind of face to face therapy sessions are made available. The idea behind family involvement is that it is positive both for you and your loved one and that everyone is taking responsibility for the relationship by staying present and in today. GateHouse always strives to ensure a positive experience for everyone.

GateHouse Family Weekend

Our family weekend program is 3 night and 2 day program designed by our licensed therapists. During the weekend program you and your family will spend a weekend learning about yourselves and your loved one, as well as how best to support your family member’s recovery and your own.

On the first day you will go over a multitude of things 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
  • Spirituality

This is just a brief overview. Every part of the family program is vital in the long-term success of your loved one’s sobriety as well as the health and wellness of your family unit.

Recovery for the whole family begins with the acceptance that we are powerless over the addicted person’s usage and/or behavior.GateHouse is where sobriety becomes a way of life, for the entire family.

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