Our program is based on the knowledge that a patient’s prospects for sustained recovery are improved significantly when the family is involved in treatment. The family’s active participation on “the team,” from assessment to continuing care, is essential to our patient’s wellness, and the therapeutic programs we make available to the patient will also be available to participating family members.
Spheres of Influence
Our patients often have large spheres of influence. These larger family systems encompass all who influence or are impacted by our patients’ addictions. This group may include spouses, children, friends, relatives, business colleagues, attorneys, and financial advisors. We are mindful first and always of the need to preserve the privacy and dignity of our patients. Along with this, we understand how critical it is that family members — and referents — are kept informed throughout treatment.
From assessment to continuing care planning, their active participation on “the team” is essential to long-term recovery. At Headwaters, all family clinical work is tailored to the needs of the patient and to his or her family’s schedule; these therapeutic offerings will be available to family members who need extra support. Our goal is to clinically assist in repairing and healing the family devastation so often inflicted by addictive behaviors. We work to nourish healthy, new, and necessary change as we recapture and build upon positive family dynamics that may have been forgotten or abandoned due to the ravages of addiction.
Recovery for the Entire Family System
Focusing on the patient alone creates an artificial boundary drawn between the individual and their social context. When treatment for the fast-paced adult who is recovering from addiction is focused exclusively on the individual, a clear pathway to relapse is created. We bridge the gap between the individual and their loved ones through proven interventions that help the family develop healthy communication patterns and coping skills.
Our definition of holistic treatment includes an examination of the entire system in which addiction and other disorders have evolved and festered. Often, family members learn that their own behaviors, even if well-intentioned, have contributed to another’s addiction or dysfunction. We work to train family members to recognize and change unhealthy patterns, to set and keep boundaries, and to resolve conflicts and adopt other behaviors that contribute to recovery and the overall health of the family and its complex relationships. Additionally, we help family members prepare for the changes in family dynamics when a loved one completes treatment at Headwaters and returns home.
Successful recovery is a lifestyle. Our experience has shown that the 12-Step process plays a critical role in fulfilling patient needs for a continuing community of support and spiritual renewal. How one defines spirituality is unique to each individual, and our staff is dedicated to helping Headwaters clients explore recovery from their personal spiritual perspective. We know that by connecting with a deeper sense of meaning and purpose, people in recovery are able to positively engage with and impact the lives of those around them. We have found that in combination with clinical treatment, the 12-Step philosophy can prove to be a vital part of permanent recovery.
Intensive Family Therapy
West Palm Beach, FL 33407
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