Substance abuse touches the lives of not only those who are addicted, but also those who are relationally tied to someone who suffers from addiction. It is a devastating illness that destroys families and shatters lives. While many question the legitimacy of addiction and believe it to simply be a problem of impulse control or lack of will power, the mental health field recognizes addiction as a potentially fatal disease.
When someone is addicted to a mind altering substance (alcohol included) there is more at play that is driving destructive behavior than lack of willpower or self-control. Addiction is a brain disease and thought disorder that significantly affects one’s mind. It is described by the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous as “cunning, baffling and powerful” and manipulates and distorts thoughts to allow addicts to continue destructive behavior despite obviously negative consequences. This is why otherwise intelligent, creative, successful and strong individuals make detrimental decisions that cannot be understood or logically explained while under the influence of mind-altering drugs. Addiction is a mental problem as much as it is a physical craving.
People don’t have to lose everything before getting help. We realize that there are often substantial barriers to getting help for addiction including personal and professional commitments, concern about aking time off from work, parenting, worry about having a chemical dependency diagnosis on your permanent record, custody battles, etc. Our approach at The Center for Relational Healing takes all of these challenges into consideration and we work with you and your family to find a way to get you the help that you need even when the circumstances seem insurmountable.
Relationships suffer at the hands of addiction. At The Center for Relational Healing, we treat the addiction from a relational approach by creating a holistic, individualized plan that takes both the addict and the entire family system into consideration. When indicated, family members are included in the treatment process to whatever degree they wish to be involved. Because addiction affects the whole family system, most often when family members or intimate partners are involved in the recovery process, there is a much greater chance for lasting sobriety as well as relational healing. We are aware that it is not always possible to include others in treatment, yet we have found that even without direct involvement, relational healing is possible. Therapy is crucial for those who not only desire sobriety from alcohol or drugs but who also hope to heal their relationship with family members, intimate partners and, most important, themselves.