At Banyan Treatment Centers Palm Springs, we understand that addiction is a family disease. Usually, the loved ones of addicts have also been impacted, in some way, by their loved one’s drug or alcohol use, and may also benefit from counseling. By offering a family program for addiction for the loved ones of our patients, we guide clients in making amends with those they’ve hurt in active addiction while contributing to a strong support system that patients can lean on after rehab.


Family Drug Rehabilitation Program in California

When someone becomes addicted to drugs or alcohol, every single person in their life is affected. Over time, substance abuse can affect a person’s physical appearance, character, emotional stability, and mental health, all of which change the way they treat others, even those they’re closest to.

It’s also common for people with substance use disorders to steal or lie to their loved ones to keep up or hide their addiction, which of course can destroy relationships in the long run. As the spouse, parent, sibling, or friend of someone who’s addicted to drugs or alcohol, watching the struggle can be heartbreaking and stressful.

Watching their drug use get worse no matter how much you plead with them to get help can wear down your mental health. In addition to the stress that falls on the shoulders of our patient's loved ones, a lack of family support at home can also greatly determine the course of a recovering addict’s journey.

Thus, family support in addiction recovery is important not only to offer the care that the loved ones of addicts need to heal but also to help patients make amends with those they’ve hurt and contribute to the development of a strong support system that will aid them in their long-term recovery.

Importance of Programs for Families of Addicts

Family programs for drug addiction are designed to offer the spouses, parents, and siblings of the individual the therapy and care they need to recover from the effects of their loved one’s addiction. Some of these effects may include:

  • Divorce
  • Domestic violence
  • Child neglect or abuse
  • Financial struggles
  • Legal issues
  • Illness
  • Personal conflict
  • Trauma

Additionally, despite being regarded as a family disease, many of those who are close to someone with a drug or alcohol addiction don’t entirely understand their causes. It’s important for these individuals to understand what their loved ones are going through, which is why addiction education is a major part of our family program for addiction, as well.

Codependency and enabling are also prevalent in families and relationships affected by drug addiction. Many loved ones become consumed by ensuring that the addict is loved and cared for, to the point where they actually contribute to their habit and make it possible for them to continue using drugs or drinking without certain repercussions.

In the end, not only can this burn out the caretaker, but it also makes it more difficult for the person to understand how serious their condition is and less likely for them to seek out drug or alcohol treatment. For these reasons, our Palm Springs, California drug rehab has prioritized the role that family and spouses play in addiction recovery, as well as their well-being, by implementing a family program.

Our Support Groups For Family Members of Addicts

For the sake of our patient’s recovery and their loved ones’ well-being, ongoing support must be provided to both parties. The family dynamics of addiction are often heartbreaking, leading to broken relationships, enabling behaviors, and codependence.

A lack of knowledge concerning substance use disorders can also create a wall between the individual and their loved ones, making recovery even more difficult for both parties. From experience, we know that with the support of their partners, parents, and siblings, our patients thrive when transitioning from rehab to their everyday lives.

The services offered in our family program for addiction include:

  • Recovery counseling
  • Addiction education
  • The Johnson Model of Intervention
  • Family resources
  • Weekly support calls
  • Individual therapy sessions
  • Relapse prevention education
  • Improved family communication
  • Education on codependency and enabling
  • Opportunities to be involved in the treatment process


You don’t have to go through the addiction recovery process alone. For more information about our family services and other California drug treatment programs, contact Banyan Palm Springs today.

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At Banyan Treatment Center our goal is to make sure that anyone who needs treatment from drug and alcohol addiction are able to get the help needed to assist them on the road to recovery. If you don't have insurance contact us to inquire about alternate methods regarding treatment for yourself or a loved one.

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