Women in therapy with their children – ages 8 to 16 – were found to have a quicker decline in alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine use over 18 months than moms in individual therapy, according to researchers.
"Interpersonal stress, especially within the family, has been shown to be an important factor in drug and alcohol abuse," said Natasha Slesnick, lead author of the study and professor of human sciences at The Ohio State University. "So it makes sense that having mothers and children working together in therapy can help moms with substance use problems do better over time.”
Indeed, there are many benefits of family therapy for substance-using mothers, including:
- Increased understanding of healthy boundaries and family dynamics
- Improved communication
- Better problem solving
- Greater empathy
- Reduced conflict
Getting the Most Out of Family Therapy
For family therapy to be successful, it’s important that you and your loved ones take it seriously and that you do the work both in and outside your scheduled sessions. Here are some helpful tips:
- Be an active member. You’re not just there to listen – though being an active listener is an important part. So don’t be afraid to ask questions and express your needs to the therapist.
- Schedule sessions at a good time. Try to make appointments at a time when you and your family can give them full attention.
- Keep a journal. By recording your thoughts and feelings, you can reflect on your last session, prepare for your next one, or simply be more mindful during the week.
- Take care of you. Eating right, exercising, and managing stress can ensure that you enter each therapy session with an open and healthy mindset.
Family Counseling at AJ’s Amethyst House
We know that addiction affects the entire family. As part of our specialized addiction program for women, we take into account the role of parenting and family relationships in your addiction recovery. To learn more, call: 855-221-1717.