Trauma-informed recovery focus for families in 2016
We’ve made a lot of progress in family-focused recovery in 2015, but more work remains.
Closing out 2015, I’ve been reflecting on what we’ve seen from the needs of our clients over this year. The biggest lesson has been that families dealing with behavioral health issues—whether before a crisis hits, during the crisis, or after their loved one is in treatment—need different resources for each stage of their journey. Going into 2016, our major goal is to refine the resources we provide to the family at each phase of their healing process with a focus on trauma-informed intervention and recovery.
Family-focused recovery innovations
Here at FRrē, we’ve always known the family is critical to the recovery of the addict, alcoholic or person suffering from a behavioral health issue. But what started to crystalize for us in 2015 was that, not only were family members affected, they actually had some of the same unhealthy characteristics and behavioral patterns as their suffering loved one. The difference is, their loved one had resources available to them. The family members often did not. What we’ve looked at hard in 2015 was, how do we help the family that is experiencing and showcasing the same behavioral patterns as their addicted loved one? Their loved one gets treatment, instructions, tools and support for recovery. How do we provide that for the family?
In 2015, one of the most important ways we strove to address this gaping hole in the recovery process was hiring two psychotherapists who specialize in family-focused recovery. Another is that we’ve shifted from primarily working with the initially identified individual to focusing instead on the entire family system. That often includes getting their loved one into treatment. But it also includes helping the family move on from being stuck in that person’s illness. We’ve had to find ways to meet the needs of parents, kids, spouses, couples, siblings, even friends. It’s been inspiring and ground-breaking work.
Looking ahead to 2016, we’re going to focus on trauma-informed treatment modalities for the entire family because we’re seeing a strong link between trauma and addiction. This includes not only childhood trauma that may have contributed to the behavioral health issues, but the trauma caused by addiction and mental health issues in families. Our mission in 2016 is to direct family members to get the help they need to cope with the trauma and learn to live life differently. It’s important to note that our therapeutic model is focused on results. Our therapists are not the type of relationship-oriented providers you see for years on end. We want to help people hit milestones, move forward and not need us anymore.
In 2016, you’ll also see our blogs coalesce around topics that are most important to families facing addiction or mental health issues in a loved one:
- Pre-crisis: How do you know your loved one has an addiction or mental health issue?
- In crisis: What do you do when a crisis hits?
- Treatment: Once your loved one gets treatment, what’s next for you?
- Post-treatment: What happens when your loved one comes home from treatment?
Over the next 12 months, you’ll be seeing a rich slate of resources on our website, including blog posts and quarterly e-books with tips and information for families during the different stages of their recovery journey. Our goal over 2016 is to build ourselves into a trusted resource for your family as it heals together.