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Family Therapy

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a couple talks to a therapist during family therapyA person’s family is a major part of their recovery, regardless of whether they struggle with drugs or alcohol. Maintaining this source of support is crucial in almost every treatment program. It’s important to also devote some time and energy to ensuring that family members are able to properly support the client in their recovery journey. Learning more about the transformative potential of this therapeutic approach can help family members get on board with a family therapy program.

If you or someone you care about is struggling with substance use and addiction, you can turn to Gemini Recovery. We offer comprehensive, evidence-based therapy programs in Pennsylvania for anyone battling substance use. Our compassionate staff members are experts in administering a variety of treatments, including family therapy. With Gemini Recovery, you come in as one person and leave as someone completely new. Contact us at 888.341.2524 so we can tell you how our approach helps you transform your life.

What Is Family Therapy?

Addiction is a complex and multifaceted issue that affects not only the individual struggling with substance use but also their family members. Family therapy is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on resolving familial conflicts, enhancing communication, and improving relationships within the family unit.

There are several types of family therapy that have been proven effective in the treatment of addiction. Some of the most commonly used approaches include:

  • Behavioral family therapy – Behavioral family therapy focuses on modifying maladaptive behaviors and patterns of interaction within the family system. This approach is particularly well-suited to the treatment of addiction, as it emphasizes the development of coping skills, relapse prevention strategies, and the establishment of a supportive and stable family environment.
  • Community reinforcement and family training (CRAFT) – CRAFT is a unique approach designed to help family members engage their loved ones in addiction treatment. This evidence-based intervention teaches family members communication and problem-solving skills, as well as strategies to reduce the enabling of addictive behaviors and increase the motivation for change.
  • Family systems therapy – Family systems therapy is rooted in the idea that individuals must be understood in the context of their family. This approach emphasizes the connections between family members and the impact of broader social factors on addiction and recovery. By addressing dysfunctional family patterns and relationships, this approach aims to create a more supportive and stable environment for recovery.

Family therapy has been recognized as an essential component in the treatment of addiction, as it addresses the impact of substance use on the entire family system and promotes healing, growth, and recovery.

Techniques Utilized in Family Therapy

Most types of family therapy employ a variety of techniques to address the unique challenges of addiction and promote recovery. Some common techniques include:


Psychoeducation involves providing clients and their families with information about addiction, its impact on the individual and family, and the process of recovery. This knowledge can help reduce stigma, increase understanding, and foster a supportive environment for change.

Communication Skills Training

Effective communication is essential in the recovery process. Therapists work with families to develop new communication skills, allowing them to express their feelings, needs, and concerns more effectively and constructively.

Boundary Setting

In families affected by addiction, boundaries are often blurred or nonexistent. Therapists help clients establish and maintain healthy boundaries, promoting a greater sense of stability, safety, and accountability within the family system.

Family Sculpting

Family sculpting is a therapeutic exercise in which family members physically arrange themselves to represent their perceptions of the family’s relationships and dynamics. This technique can provide valuable insights into the impact of addiction on the family and help guide the therapeutic process.

Relapse Prevention Planning

Relapse prevention planning involves identifying potential triggers and high-risk situations and developing strategies for managing them. This collaborative process helps families create a supportive environment for sustained recovery.

With this combination of techniques, family therapy can help increase an individual’s motivation for change by fostering a supportive, nonjudgmental environment and addressing the underlying family dynamics that may contribute to addiction.

Turn to Gemini Recovery for Family Therapy in Pennsylvania

Gemini Recovery Center in Pennsylvania offers family therapy as part of our wider treatment approach to addiction. We work with clients to determine the proper menu of treatments and therapies that will allow them to reach their specific treatment goals. Our friendly and experienced staff members are committed to helping clients achieve long-lasting recovery and lifetime sobriety. If you or a loved one is looking for help with substance use disorders and addiction, contact us at 888.341.2524 today.