Outpatient drug treatment for the family

When one member of a family has a drug addiction, everyone in that family has a drug problem as well.    Outpatient drug treatment for the family not only helps the individual with the substance abuse problem (most commonly a child) but the other members of the family unit as well.  The information below explains more about how family drug treatment works, and what families can expect when they enter an these outpatient programs.

What is outpatient drug treatment for the family?

Outpatient drug treatment centers help individuals overcome the physical and psychological components of drug addiction.  The physical aspects of addiction are handled through detox.  Drug detox (or “detoxification”) gives all the harmful toxins associated with drug use a chance to leave the bloodstream.  Once detox is complete, the individual can move on to counseling.

Individual and group counseling provide an opportunity to talk openly and honestly about the root causes of addiction, and learn how to improve decision-making and gain perspective in order to overcome substance abuse in the future.

Finally, and most importantly, there is family counseling.  Outpatient drug rehab programs with a family counseling component provide a valuable opportunity to:

  • Have family members get counseling about how to best help the individual in their family with a drug addiction.
  • Get a chance to talk openly, in a safe counseling environment with the addicted individual and share their concerns and issues of trust.
  • Develop a plan for building a stronger family bond and rallying around the addicted individual in order to help them break the cycle of addiction.

After-care is also a crucial part of the drug treatment process.  After-care refers to any program that helps the individual stay on course after the rehab process is complete – and provides support and accountability as that person adjusts to life in a drug-free world.

Who gets help at family outpatient drug treatment?

Individuals, and the families of these individuals, who are addicted to drugs such as cocaine, heroin, crystal meth, marijuana, prescription painkillers and other potentially harmful substances can be helped at almost any outpatient drug addiction treatment center.

What is the different between residential and outpatient treatment?

Although many of the treatment programs are similar, there is one primary difference between residential and outpatient drug treatment.  In residential drug treatment, the individual is asked to stay at the facility around the clock for the time it takes to complete the program.  With outpatient drug treatment, individuals are free to leave and go home at the end of the program day.  With regards to family involvement, both types of programs welcome the family in for counseling and support during the treatment program.

Moonview Sanctuary offers families a place to get well and rebuild the trust that drug addiction has stolen from them.  Located in Santa Monica, California, Moonview uses cutting edge, proven-successful methodology as well as traditional holistic practices to help treat the addicted individual.  Contact Moonview Sanctuary today for more information about their Addiction Treatment programs for the family.

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