Family and Marriage Counseling
At New Day Rehab Center, we know counseling can go beyond the individual resident; it can affect friends and family— particularly parents, spouses and children. This is why we provide family and marriage counseling, which can have a profound impact on a resident’s treatment outcome.
These counseling sessions give family members insight into addiction and the associated behaviors attached to it, as well as the correct ways of processing and handling them. During family and marriage counseling, we discuss how to better communicate and build healthier relationships with one another. We help everyone involved restore their prior relationships and figure out how to exist together in the future.
Residents are more likely to recover when their friends, family and loved ones are on their side. After all, it takes a family to treat an addict.
Couples and Addiction
At New Day Rehab Center, we see two types of couples at family and marriage counseling: a couple where only one person is suffering from substance abuse, or a couple in which both are afflicted.
If both parties are suffering from substance abuse, we address their individual and combined issues and work through them together. We break the unhealthy cycle of dependence, both on each other and on substances, to get through the trauma afflicting their relationship. We ensure the couple knows that they can have a healthy, happy relationship without relying on harmful substances.
Helping couples in which only one person is addicted, is a far more delicate matter. Typically, the sober party has become a co-dependent of the addiction, so even though they are unhappy and miserable because of the addiction, they might be even more unhappy and miserable once their partner is no longer afflicted. This is due to the fact that they lost all meaning of life when they became their partner’s caretaker, fixer and helper. By losing this sense of identity, the relationship can quickly deteriorate post-sobriety, which can cause a potential relapse for the recovering individual.
We aim to avoid this outcome for both parties by redirecting the sense of lost identity and helping the couple form a new relationship built on healthier standards and feelings. Instead of having someone act as the caretaker or fixer, we assist them in reconnecting and rebuilding the relationship so it isn’t founded solely on the addiction.