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Couples therapy, also known as marriage and family therapy, is a brief and solution-focused intervention.
In couples therapy sessions, a therapist will help you to tackle a specific problem – the substance abuse of one partner, for instance – through attainable therapeutic goals.
Many people battling with addictions find that patterns of behavior within the family influence their substance abuse. Additionally, the consequences of substance abuse ripple outward and cause problems in the family dynamic.
In couples therapy – even if only one person is being interviewed – it is the set of family relationships that are treated rather than the individual.
Couples therapists, otherwise known as marriage and family therapist, can treat clinical conditions that include:
Today’s guide highlights the benefits of couples therapy and its overall effectiveness, specifically with regard to addiction treatment.
What is Couples Therapy?
Couples therapy is a type of psychotherapy or talk therapy. This form of therapy is delivered by an experienced and licensed therapist – usually an LMFT (licensed marriage and family therapist.
In therapy sessions, both partners can:
Therapists will draw on various therapeutic interventions in a process that will:
Roughly half of the treatment delivered by couples therapists is one-to-one, with the other half consisting marital/couple and family therapy. The average duration of therapy is twelve sessions.
Couple therapy unfolds over the following phases:
History of Couples Therapy
The origins of couples therapy can be traced to the German eugenics movement in the 1920s. In the United States, the first marriage counseling institutes appeared in the 1930s, at least partially in responds to the extreme and medically-directed German form of marriage counseling.
In the 1950s, therapists starting to treat psychological problems by involving all members of the family unit in treatment.
Relationship counseling in any forms, then, is a fairly recent phenomenon. Until the late twentieth century, most relationship counseling was conducted by religious leaders, family members, or close friends. Today, couples therapy is delivered by various mental health professionals.
How Effective is Couples Therapy?
Data from AAMFT (American Association of Marriage and Family) indicate that 97% of the couples surveyed found that couples therapy provided the help they needed. 93% of the couples reported that therapy equipped them with more robust tools for managing conflict.
Marriage and family therapy can be as effective as evidence-based treatment for:
Behavioral couples therapy is the most researched approach. This form of therapy is proven effective for treating marital discord.
Today, behavioral couples therapy has evolved into integrative behavioral couples therapy. Data show that this form of psychotherapy is effective for 69% of couples. The traditional model, by contrast, was effective for between 50% and 60% of couples.
Research shows that couples therapy is neither more nor less effective than one-to-one therapy for the treatment of depression.
What Are the Benefits of Couples Therapy?
Couples therapy can help you to alter the course of your relationship, enabling both you and your partner to be more satisfied and fulfilled together.
These are some of the most commonly reported benefits of couples therapy:
Therapy at Gratitude Lodge
At Gratitude Lodge, we offer appreciate that addiction is a family disease and we can include your loved ones in your treatment plan. We offer 30-day inpatient programs and intensive outpatient programs for the following conditions:
While there is no cure for addiction, it responds well to evidence-based treatment with the following therapies:
When you are ready to fight back against addiction, we can help you from detox to discharge and beyond, and we can also involve your loved ones in family therapy sessions. Call admissions today at 888-861-1658 for immediate assistance.
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