Family Interconnections & Interactions

Our family therapy services offer a safe place for recognition, education and healing. Addiction is commonly referred to as a “family disease,” implying that it’s not just the addict who suffers from the disease. The family is an interconnected network; when one part of the network is affected, all parts are.

Untreated alcohol and drug addiction can sometimes affect family members in very obvious and also very subtle ways. Behaviors, attitudes and even physical health are at the mercy of untreated addiction.  This can lead to feelings of frustration, helplessness and resentment for those who love the addicted person.

Common questions include:

    • Why do they keep hurting themselves?
    • Why can’t they just quit it?
    • When are they going to change?
    • Why can’t they change for me?

Family therapy focuses on:

    • Helping to change the interactions between family members

Families can be described in any number of ways. From experience, Olympia House realizes and acknowledges that families come in many forms and varieties of individuals. As a part of our commitment to honoring diversity, we are unbiased toward our clients’ varying experiences and committed to fostering a respect for differences.

Multi-Family Group Therapy

Multi-Family Group Therapy is an opportunity for residents and their families (however the resident defines his or her “family”) to come together to learn about addiction and process the impact of addiction on the family system. This group meets every Sunday from 2:15 – 3:15 p.m. and is scheduled so that families can take advantage of the Sunday visiting hours from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. to connect with residents at Olympia House.