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 Our Transformative Family Addiction Program

The National Institutes of Health recommends family support therapy for effective ongoing addiction recovery treatment. Clinical evidence confirms that family support aids individuals with addiction in achieving long-term recovery.

At Hotel California by the Sea, our monthly family programs let families join in the healing and treatment process. This includes both our inpatient and outpatient rehab settings. Our family addiction program offers services such as supportive family therapy and access to local family addiction support groups. 


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 The Effects of Addiction on Families of Drug Addicts 

When someone in a family changes from drug and alcohol abuse, it impacts the whole family structure. Substance use disorders cause impairment of emotional and physical intimacy. Poor communication and difficulty forming healthy relationships with peers, friends and family members. They often also lead to increased isolation and feelings of depression and anxiety.

These negative impacts often affect the whole family, not just the person with the disease. Family members may experience emotional distress and relationship strain as a result of the individual being addicted to drugs.

Our family addiction program helps families navigate emotional struggles and support their loved one’s journey to recovery. Our programs for families of drug addicts and alcoholics aim to address the important components necessary for family healing. We offer these services to patients in treatment at our inpatient and outpatient rehab facilities.

Components of these programs include:

  • Encouragement of the individual’s recovery
  • Participating in family recovery support groups such as AI-Anon
  • Learning to set healthy boundaries

Strained Relationships From Addiction

Drug and alcohol abuse is often the center of harmful and strained relationships. It can be considered the primary cause of broken relationships. Substance abuse can affect intimate partner relationships as well as familial relationships.

Our programs encourage our patients and their families to discuss how addiction affects them and their family dynamic. We encourage our patients to openly share their feelings about how substance abuse has affected their relationships. Doing so leads better understanding among all involved. This can help break the cycle of addiction. 

Financial Burdens of Addiction

Excessive drug and alcohol use isn’t just dangerous; it’s costly. The more addicted a person becomes, the more money they are willing to spend to keep using. In extreme cases, individuals use will result in maxing out their finances. They may enter into financial debt, or begin stealing money to fund their addiction.

Finance is often an uneasy topic of discussion between families and their newly recovered loved ones. Financial stability is associated with feelings of safety and security. When substance use disorder threatens stability, guidance on approaching these issues is crucial. This support can greatly benefit both patients and their families.

Physical and Emotional Consequences

Substance and drug abuse can cause harm to both physical and emotional wellbeing. The more someone uses drugs, the more they rely on them to function normally in daily life.

With long term use, the drugs alter brain functions and alter emotions. This eventually leads to the usage of more drugs to achieve that “good” feeling. Drugs and alcohol can also take a heavy physical toll on a person’s body. The excessive consumption of drugs and alcohol can damage the kidneys, lungs, cardiovascular system, and the brain. 

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How does Family Therapy work in Drug and Alcohol Addiction?

Inpatient and outpatient rehab has been proven to increase a person’s chance of long-term recovery. Adding family support programs to an individual’s treatment plan boosts their chances of successful recovery even further.

At Hotel California by the Sea, we offer comprehensive support programs. We include family therapy for families of drug addicts and alcoholics. We are dedicated to supporting our patients through every aspect of their recovery, including familial support. 

Family support programs and family therapy are often recommended as part of a patient’s treatment plan. Patients at Hotel California by the Sea’s inpatient and outpatient rehab facilities regularly meet with their clinical team. Our addiction counselors and licensed therapists encourage family involvement as part of recovery treatment. Mental health professionals, certified addiction counselors and family therapists, facilitate the group counseling sessions.

The goal of these groups is to increase awareness of the cognitive and behavioral patterns that can contribute to substance use disorder. We focus on how families can support loved ones, while maintaining healthy boundaries for everyone. Allowing for open and honest communication between the individual suffering from addiction and their loved ones is essential. This practice is a crucial aspect of a comprehensive treatment program.

Individualized Therapy

In individual therapy, patients examine emotions and behaviors related to their addiction with their therapist. Patients will focus on changing negative and problematic thoughts. From there, they learn effective coping techniques. This occurs with the guidance of licensed clinicians.

These individual therapy sessions have been clinically proven to help patients with substance abuse maintain long-term sobriety. These sessions focus on fixing and understanding the major underlying causes of the addiction. Our clinicians utilize many types of individual therapies- including CBT, DBT or EMDR

Group Therapy

Our family group therapy sessions at Hotel California by the Sea were created using the family therapy model. Family therapy is a type of psychotherapy designed to identify family patterns that contribute behavioral disorders and mental illness.

In the group sessions, patients and their loved ones put an emphasis on substance use disorder. Alongside their clinical team, each party can advocate for an open and honest communication about their emotions. We explore addict-family relationships to strengthen bonds. This will in turn be a motivation for drug abusers and addicts to maintain recovery.

Family Therapy Treatment Methods

Family therapy has been clinically proven to help patients maintain long-term recovery alongside addiction treatment. Patients and their loved ones go through the process of unpacking emotions, understanding behavior, and making positive changes.

Many types of family therapy or family counseling can be beneficial. A few common therapies used include psychoeducation, Bowenian, strategic, and systemic therapy. Each family therapy approach addresses a different aspect of addiction. These therapies aim to repair the impact of addiction on the addict and their loved ones.


Often, families of individuals with substance use disorder don’t grasp how addiction affects their loved one and the family. Psychoeducation aims to educate patients and their families about addiction and mental health conditions. This is to empower and support the recovering patient.

Psychoeducation is based on four main principles. These are: transfer of information, medical treatment, training and support, and availability of a safe environment to vent. 

Bowenian Family Therapy

Bowenian therapy is a form of family therapy in which family members or loved ones are not closely involved. In some situations, patients cannot or do not want to involve their family members in treatment.

Bowenian treatment primarily focuses on venting out emotions they have about their family. After, they learn to become less reactive emotionally to family relationships. This can be an effective form of healing for some patients suffering from substance and alcohol abuse. 

Systemic Therapy

With systemic therapy, patients and their families focus on how their unconscious feelings are communicated through their behaviors. In this type of psychotherapy, family members are encouraged to explore deeper issues and problems within the family dynamic. This includes communication and relationship challenges.

Families slowly begin to unpack emotions and understand how the addiction has affected their feelings for each other. This allows patients and their loved ones to create a stronger bond.

Strategic Therapy

Strategic therapy is based on five main principles. These are: the social stage, the problem stage, the interactional stage, the goal setting stage and the task setting stage.

Using a combination of various psychotherapy methods, families learn how to make assessments. They adjust the way they communicate and make decisions in relation to their loved one suffering from substance addiction. It greatly improves communication skills when addressing family emotions with addiction.

Structural Therapy

In structural family therapy, patients and their loved ones examine their lives. They see how their habits, routines and behaviors can negatively contribute to the family dynamic. This in turn, can majorly impact an individual’s addiction.

Families are addressed and treated as a single unit in this type of therapy. Everyone involved will learn to change problematic thoughts and behaviors when dealing with the patient and their addiction. Support, encouragement, and accountability are integrated into a patient’s long-term recovery journey when these positive changes occur.

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How is Family Therapy beneficial to my addiction recovery?

Family therapy is a highly encouraged treatment program for patients suffering from substance use disorder. Clinical studies have proven that participants in the therapy maintain long-term sobriety more successfully.

Our family addiction program includes services such as family therapy. It helps develop and maintain healthy relationship boundaries and facilitates effective communication between the addict and their loved ones. It can help family members understand and empathize with their loved one’s experiences during recovery. And it is a great way to reduce conflict caused from the addiction, within the family unit. 

Family Support Services at Hotel California by the Sea

Family and friends of patients at Hotel California by the Sea’s rehab can join our support programs. These programs are available for both inpatient and outpatient treatment.

This not only helps their loved ones during their recovery process. It also aids in their own healing when dealing with emotions related to drug and alcohol addiction. Substance abuse and alcohol abuse can have a ripple effect on patients and their loved ones. Our goal is to provide the necessary help to families needing to recover in their own way. 

Our family addiction program is held on the first Friday of every month. Patients and their families can join group therapy sessions led by our licensed therapist and certified counselors. By addressing family dynamics, boundaries, and healthy communication, our mental health professionals help both patients and families work towards effective conflict management. This in turn leads to a higher rate of maintaining long-term recovery among patients.

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If you or a loved one are struggling with an alcohol or drug addiction, there is treatment and help for you. Our residential and outpatient programs aim to treat the underlying issues of your addiction. Family therapy has been especially proven to help maintain long-term recovery.

Contact our admissions team to learn more about our programs for families of drug addicts. We also offer supportive family therapies to help you and your loved ones overcome addiction.

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