What is Family Therapy for Addiction and How Can It Help MY Family?

Author Molly Bobek, LCSW, and Aaron Hogue, PhD, of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Use
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You may have heard of counseling, or psychotherapy, to help someone with an addiction. Family Therapy is just that, except that the one going to therapy is not just the individual struggling, but the entire family.

While individual therapy focuses on the thoughts, behaviors and emotions of one person, family therapy focuses on the relationships, and aims to understand and validate the experiences of all family members. The goal of family therapy is to bring clarity to all relationships, and to foster repair and closeness if family members choose. Family therapists believe that problems exist between people, not within people.



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