Crisis’ within the family are painful and scary but not uncommon. Families are the tightest units of people in existence and interactions frequently become strained, emotional and even volatile. Families should not have to get through these difficult times alone. There are a number of services available that can counsel, protect, shelter and rehabilitate families as they recuperate from adverse experiences together. Different types of family problems warrant different types of recovery services.
- Domestic violence problems are some of the most severe a family can go through together. They put one or more family members in physical danger and must be taken very seriously. If the violence is continuous, even if there is a possibility of violence, it may be best for the threatened family members to seek a shelter to stay at. If the violence is over and the family is in recovery together, family counseling could be the best option for the family unit.
- Mental illness can be a major or a minor problem within a family, depending on the level of severity and how well it is managed. When the affected family member’s mental illness is out of control, it can cause a great deal of strife for the individual and for the rest of the family. Inpatient or outpatient treatment centers are a good option for severe mental disorders as the patient will receive care and supervision around the clock. For those who already know how to cope in a healthier way, counseling is a great option.
- Addiction or substance abuse causes damage, pain and confusion within a family when one or several family members are affected. These conditions can be very tough to beat and inpatient addiction treatment is highly recommended as it is statistically the most effective treatment. Rehabs will frequently offer counseling services for the whole family.
- Grief or loss is a situational cause of strife within a family, so it usually does not require clinical or inpatient treatment. Family counseling is the best option for this scenario to help all family members process their emotions.