Family therapy has evolved over the years, with many variations on the family therapy theme. One consistent thing is that it involves a therapist meeting with several family members. They could treat the addict’s spouse, children in age groups, or members of a residential treatment setting. It may or may not also involve the addict themselves.
Most family therapy programs meetings take place in private practice settings or a clinic or recovery treatment center. It can also take place in a residence, where privacy and a feeling of comfort can help overcome stigma, shame, and resistance. Also, meeting the family in their own home provides valuable information about how the family functions in real-time.
There are four main therapy models used as the basis for treatment and specific interventions for substance abuse: