Addiction not only has devastating effects on the individual misusing drugs and alcohol, it typically also works havoc upon the family dynamic. Family therapy and systems theory—conceived by psychiatrist Murray Bowen in the 1950’s—is about looking at how families operate as a system and how diseases such as addiction can interrupt that system.
If the whole system is affected, it follows that treatment has a much greater chance of success if the family is directly involved in the healing process. It is a widely shared belief that, regardless of the origin of the problem and whether the clients consider it an individual or family issue, involving families in solutions benefits clients.
At Encore our clinical staff evaluates not only the client’s needs, but also those of the family. Encore engages the family in treatment in a variety of ways including multi-family support groups, regular communication with primary therapists when appropriate, and involvement in treatment and discharge planning when appropriate. If ongoing family therapy is indicated, Encore utilizes an extensive network to recommend an appropriate therapist for the family in their community.
At Encore, we customize treatment to meet each family’s specific needs and goals, implementing a host of evidence-based therapies as appropriate.