Family Therapy vs. Individual Therapy

a person asks a therapist about Family Therapy Services

When you’re struggling with addiction, it’s common to feel alone and like nobody understands what you’re going through. But the truth is, addiction affects not just the individual struggling with it but also their families and loved ones. That’s why individual and family therapy services are both important aspects of addiction treatment.

At Northpoint Seattle, we know how important it is for the whole family to heal. We offer a range of family therapy services to help you and your loved ones heal the wounds of addiction and build a stronger, healthier future together. A robust support system is one of the key components of addiction recovery, so we ensure that our patients have the resources they need to succeed. Get started on the road to recovery today by calling 425.414.3530 or contacting us online using our simple form.

Comparing Individual vs. Family Therapy

Individual therapy is focused on helping people struggling with drugs or alcohol work through their internal issues and emotions related to their addiction. Family therapy, on the other hand, is focused on repairing relationships between the person struggling with drugs or alcohol and their family members. Both types of therapy are important in different ways.

Without a combination of individual and family therapy services, people struggling with addiction are more likely to relapse after treatment. That’s because individual therapy services help people deal with their personal experiences and emotions related to addiction, while family therapy services help them rebuild the critical relationships they need to stay sober.

The Benefits of Individual Therapy

Some of the benefits of individual therapy include:

  • Allowing the person to process emotions related to their addiction in a safe and supportive environment
  • Giving them tools and coping mechanisms to deal with triggers and temptation
  • Helping the person build a support system of sober friends
  • Allowing them to work through any underlying mental health issues that may be fueling their addiction
  • Providing accountability and help to stay on track in recovery

The Benefits of Family Therapy

Some of the benefits of family therapy include:

  • Helping family members understand addiction and how it affects the individual struggling with it
  • Allowing family members to express their feelings about their loved one’s addiction in a safe and supportive environment
  • Teaching families how to set boundaries with their loved one and take care of themselves emotionally
  • Giving families tools to deal with stressors that may trigger a relapse
  • Helping rebuild trust and communication between family members

How Individual Therapy and Family Therapy Work Together

Individual therapy can help those in early recovery learn how to stay sober, while family therapy can help heal relationships that have been damaged by addiction. Once trust has been rebuilt, communication opens up, making it easier for people to stay accountable for their sobriety goals. Ultimately, both types of therapy are necessary for long-term recovery.

Typically, people in addiction treatment will start with individual therapy and then move on to include family therapy as they progress in their recovery. This allows them to work through their own personal issues related to addiction before beginning to repair their relationships with family members.

Start Recovering at Northpoint Seattle

At Northpoint Seattle, we offer both individual and family therapy as part of our comprehensive outpatient treatment program. Our team of compassionate counselors will help you every step of the way as you work towards sobriety. When you step through our doors, you will receive a personalized treatment plan with a mix of evidence-based and holistic therapies to help you take the first steps toward a sober future.

To learn more about how we can help you or your loved one, contact us today by calling 425.414.3530 or using our secure online form.