Family members should be included in the treatment and recovery of adults and adolescents since substance use impacts everyone in the family. In actuality, supportive family engagement and intervention is the main reason why patients attend treatment.
A single family member's involvement, or a "concerned significant other," can be enough to reinforce the entire family system, encourage the client to change for the better, and keep them totally committed to their recovery.
Family members may participate by:
- Learning about the healing process and the treatment plan
- Taking part in planning for intake and recovery
- Sharing lessons and the learning process
- Going to family gatherings or appointments (as appropriate)
- Gently and without judgement encouraging and supporting the family member who is receiving therapy.