Getting Family Counseling For Your Alcoholism
Family involvement is important to the initial and ongoing alcoholism treatment and recovery process. Many programs offer some family counseling in the initial stages of treatment. In addition the ongoing recovery program should include marital and family counseling. This counseling can help make the family even stronger and more united than before.
The need to include your family in the initial treatment process is imperative to a successful recovery. The family is the best support system that you have. They need to know and understand your problem and learn how to best work with you. The one thing you need from them at this time is their support. If they are willing they should go to some counseling sessions so that they can help you on your recovery path. Once you leave the treatment facility you are on your own. Your family takes on an important role in your recovery – helping to keep you motivated and sober.
Families have another need for ongoing counseling as well. Most spouses and children of alcoholics have been negatively impacted as a result of the alcoholic. When an alcoholic is not yet treated he or she seldom sees any harm that they could be causing to their family. Yet, many spouses and children are affected each year through alcoholism. Children of alcoholic parent(s) may be more apt to become alcoholics themselves.
The alcoholic typically says and does things that are out of character for them when sober. This can sometimes, unfortunately, include abuse. This abuse may be strictly verbal or mental but may also cross over to physical abuse and in some instances even sexual abuse. These situations need to be dealt with quickly, especially in the case of children.
Children who have been exposed to violent behavior as a result of alcoholism need therapy or counseling. They need to understand that the behaviors were not their fault and that the parent still loves them. Even young children can be permanently affected by being exposed to alcoholism. Children internalize many things and especially those that they don’t understand. They need immediate and direct counseling to help lessen the chance that they will have psychological problems.