When a teen is struggling with a mental health condition, behavioral disorder or substance abuse, family therapy is a critical part of their recovery. When a family member is suffering, it affects each person differently. Family therapy allows families and their teens to begin healing in a safe and caring environment.
Due to the interconnected relationships within a family, it is crucial for each member to be involved with a teen’s treatment. Family therapy allows each member to understand their part in the process and the views of the other members. In this setting, families are able to focus less on the behavior of the teen and more on the family as a unit. Many who participate in family therapy come away feeling that their relationships will be healthier moving forward.
During family therapy, parents have the opportunity to express the difficulties of raising a struggling teen. Oftentimes, the turmoil created within the family creates unhealthy behaviors such as codependency or enabling. In family therapy, parents will be educated not only on their teen’s condition but also on healthy coping mechanisms moving forward.
Additional benefits of family therapy include:
- Improved communication skills
- Improved conflict resolution skills
- Improved problem solving skills
- Increased understanding of how the family functions as a unit
- Increased understanding of how personal actions affect others
- Skills learned can be applied to relationships outside of the family
By approaching issues in a structural manner, family therapists are able to effectively guide families to work together. This process not only strengthens the family unit, but makes the teen’s transition home much smoother. At the Teen Treatment Center, teens and their loved ones receive comprehensive family therapy as part of their treatment. Family therapy gives teens and their family members an opportunity to heal together.