Your drinking problem does not only affect you alone.
Your family can also be suffering from the behavior and issues that come from being drunk all the time. Your spouse can be at their wit’s end. It becomes more difficult to believe you or trust you. They probably are tired of all the excuses they have to make to others regarding your problem. Your children can be struggling as well. They can be suffering from the terrible and erratic monster you become while drunk. It does not have to be this way in the home, that is why they want you to check into a rehab. An alcohol treatment program is a means to getting the family back from the throes of a drinking problem.
A part of our inpatient alcohol rehab program is centered on family. In this setting, we educate family members on the nature and behavior of alcohol abuse. We raise awareness with the family and teach them ways to avoid enabling. Therapy is provided to help the family overcome some of the problems that addiction has caused. This can be a very difficult process. It means dealing with issues that have been a struggle within the home. However, in the long run, it can become an extremely therapeutic foundation for growing and healing as a family.
Young children may not understand the nature of alcoholism. They can be deeply traumatized by their parents’ drunken behavior. We use a unique therapy for families with young children. The Sand Tray Room is filled floor to ceiling with toys, trinkets, and other items. These items are used to help young children understand their parents’ behavior. It can be very sobering to see a child describe their alcoholic parents’ by selecting a scary monster, or a similar negative toy. It is used to teach concepts regarding addiction to children of young ages.