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Is it really necessary to participate in your family\'s treatment?

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Asked: 2018-11-14 19:44:34
My brother just moved out of the house for the first time at 22 just to move into a treatment facility. Our house is so calm now and I can actually use my bedroom to study! But now my parents are saying that I need to participate in his treatment by going to family therapy. I just want to enjoy the peace and quiet at home and let him get better. Why do I have to get involved?


Answered: 2018-11-15 15:06:56

It's worth pointing out that Family Therapy isn't just for your brother. Your brother's drug use took its toll on everyone. I don't want this to sound like an accusation, but everyone in your family probably developed unhealthy habits to cope with the chaos that came with your brother. Yes, family therapy will help your brother. But it will also help you and your entire family heal from the damage that's been done.


Answered: 2018-11-14 20:03:06

Ashlee I know ecactly how you feel. When my brother went to rehab if made my life so much easier but I got dragged into family therapy. I can honestly say that it help me as much as it helped him


Answered: 2018-11-20 21:53:05

I can't tell you what the right or wrong decision is, but I can give you previous experience with my sister. During my addiction, my sister completely removed herself and pretended as if I didn't exist. I'm sure it played some role in my being sober and happy today. I would say do what is best for you.


Answered: 2019-02-01 19:05:16

Ashlee I completely understand your thought process. Like Weston has suggested, family therapy can also be for you and any unhealthy coping mechanisms you may have picked up during your brother's active addiction. But let me help you out. So one of the most important things a family can do when they have an addicted loved one is to set healthy boundaries. You may not be ready to trust your brother right now because of his behavior in his active addiction. So set a healthy boundary. Say to your family and to him that unless he proves to you that he is serious about his sobriety you do not want to get involved in his treatment. Again, I highly recommend you do attend as it may help you understand and get some stuff off your chest, but healthy boundaries like these holds your brother accountable for his recovery and ultimately proving worthy of your trust. Good luck Ashlee.

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