The Plymouth House
Heal the Whole Family
Addiction is called “a family disease” because the effects of addiction ripple out to every friend and family member who cares about the addicted individual. Family systems learn to adapt to the addiction, creating deeply ingrained, unhealthy patterns of codependency, dysfunction and hurt. The sickness of one person creates new sickness in everyone else around them. At The Plymouth House we believe that the entire family needs healing. We offer family therapy to work through issues within the family system. Additionally we offer family support groups, weekly family visitations and a designated Family Weekend, during which the loved ones of our clients can come see — firsthand — all of the progress being made.
Many men and women who struggle with addiction convince themselves of things that are far from true. Addiction is a brain disease – one that leads to a host of complex symptoms including denial, defensiveness and harshly flawed patterns of thinking. Active addiction leads to false beliefs like: “Things really aren’t that bad”; “People should worry less about me and worry more about themselves – I’m fine”; “If I want to drink, I should be able to drink!”; or “I am only hurting myself.”
Of course, anyone who has watched a loved one grapple with substance abuse understands that addiction significantly impacts everyone it touches. If your loved one has been struggling with a drug addiction or alcohol abuse disorder for any length of time, you are likely feeling hopeless, alone and entirely powerless. We understand the feeling completely — many of us have been exactly where you are right now. No matter how impossible a situation might seem, recovery is always possible with the right tools in place.