Family Therapy in India & Family Counselling in Delhi

What is Family Therapy in Psychology & Why family counselling is important?

Substance abuse disorder does not affect just one individual, but affects the entire family of the individual.

Substance abuse disorder does not affect just one individual, but affects the entire family of the individual.

At Tulasi’s Psychiatric Nursing Homes & Rehabilitation Centres, Family Therapy is designed to promote the well-being of those who are struggling with addictions or some other mental disorder and in turn to help their families. Through education and guidance, the family of the patient learns that they can’t control their loved ones’ addiction, but can take responsibility for their own health and happiness.

The stress of living with someone addicted to alcohol or drugs can have physical, emotional, social, and spiritual consequences. Families of alcoholics and addicts often feel confused, frustrated, angry and helpless. Family Therapy helps in alleviating anxiety and also promotes healing by identifying how addiction affects families and what family members can do, to take better care of themselves.

Loved ones of those struggling with addiction must be made aware of the following facts:

  • They can’t control addiction,
  • they didn’t cause addiction and that
  • they can’t cure addiction.

By becoming aware of the beliefs and experiences that shape their own behaviors, participants identify new, healthy ways of coping with addiction and relationships.

The therapy for family involves:

  • Understanding the disease of addiction and its impact on your addicted loved one and on the loved one’s family
  • Learning about the adverse effects of alcohol, tobacco and drug use on your addicted relative’s development and relationships.
  • Developing new techniques for parenting a young blood-relative or someone you care for in recovery
  • Gaining support through interaction with other families, and realizing the benefits of establishing a support network

Planning for continued assistance in the self-care and recovery of the kin or dear one.

What is Family Therapy Counselling for Addiction?

Addictions can feel like they are deeply personal issues, and people with addictions do not want to expose these issues to their families. What they are unaware of, however, is that loved ones can see through their façade and want to help them through this difficult situation.

What Can Counselling Offer the Families?

If the family decides that participating in counselling together with your loved one will be the most beneficial to the lives of all persons affected, you may wonder how it will directly benefit you. The most important part of counselling is not that just the person with an addiction who is supported, but that the family can work out their problems with this situation also.
Family counselling offers the group a safe space to speak about their thoughts, feelings, and concerns. It becomes difficult in personal settings to discuss these feelings without having someone feel like a target. But with fully trained family therapy counsellors mediating these discussions, this will be avoided.

An open family discussion will allow each other to see how they are being affected by these issues. When someone other than yourself is dealing with addiction issues, many prefer to suffer in silence instead of communicating their thoughts. Family therapy activities for communication are usually suggested for such patients.

It is important to know that others feel the same way you do, and know that your worries are supported and not being ignored. The ratio of staff members to counselling clients will always be heavier in favour of the centre, to ensure the amount of support necessary for the family is possible.

By dealing with addiction not as an inherently personal issue, but as something that affects the entire family, everyone’s thoughts and concerns are confronted. Personal development will happen not only for the person with addiction but for everyone.

Through participating in family therapy counselling sessions, each member will come away feeling more understood, more supported, and in turn, become stronger together than they were apart. This is certainly something that families dealing with addiction should take advantage of.

Why Support from and to the Family is Important?

As a disease, addiction’s effects are not limited to the individuals who are trying to recover from it. The family is also put in a lot of stress because of addiction. Persons with addiction problems need to be assisted into recovery. Their families also need help in overcoming this crisis as well.

Family members may begin by learning as much as they can about how they can help their loved one overcome addiction. When more concerned family members are involved and learn about addiction, then they will be better equipped to guide the person with addiction problems to recovery successfully. It is normal for family members to feel hurt, angry, and fearful of what may become of their loved one with an addiction. Most families fear that the addiction can consume the life of their loved one and eventually take it. That’s why family therapy counselling is important for everyone involved.

This person-centric care is built on a shared vision that is established by the family therapy counselor or family therapy psychologist and individual in treatment. Through a collaborative partnership, the counselor and the client discover and nurture ways to build a drug-free life.

Family therapy for schizophrenia typically includes education, stress reduction, emotional processing and regulating as well as structured problem solving. The group will work together to improve their knowledge of the illness and its management.

Family interventions exist to:

  1. Improve outcomes for the person with the disorder or illness by improving family engagement and effectiveness in handling the challenges associated with the problem.
  2. Improve the well-being of the caregiver as well to reduce stress and negative outcomes of caregiving.
  3. Psychologists can utilize general family interventions with families who are in a caregiving situation and all of the family may benefit.

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