How We Help with Family Discord
Sarah always got along well with her siblings and parents growing up, but lately things have seemed off. More and more, she’s combative, impatient and even cruel at times. When confronted about her behavior, she becomes defensive and quickly resorts to shouting and blaming everyone but herself.
Not only does this behavior hurt other members of the family, it’s making their home a miserable place to be, and leading to conflict between other family members, having already had their patience exhausted.
At Family Help and Wellness, we recognize that the mental and behavioral health struggles your teen is facing are challenging not only for them, but for the entire family unit. Sibling relationships may be strained, parents and caregivers battle exhaustion, frustration, and anger with the negative symptoms of the condition while maintaining an intense love for their child, and relatives may be hesitant to visit because of negative symptoms.
The home environment is often full of fear and uncertainty as to what each day will bring. Complications such as substance abuse, legal troubles, school disruptions, and sexual promiscuity may have emerged as your teen tries to find solace by escaping his or her symptoms. Even if things seem hopeless, our compassionate and non-judgmental team will work closely with you to rediscover your family and build healthy, supportive foundations for the future.
How We Can Help
One of the hallmarks of Family Help and Wellness’ programs is resolving family discord, which is an essential component of any teen’s transition back to the home environment. Teens work hard while engaged in program curriculum and once the team feels they have reached a significant inflection point, family members are engaged to enhance treatment and provide the best possibility of long-lasting success.
Clinicians work with parents and guardians to understand diagnoses, treatment progress, potential red flags or slips, and how to support behavior modification and/or cognitive restructuring, as well as addressing any unresolved issues your teen has with siblings, parents, or other family members.
Our programs often provide a needed “reset” for families, allowing them some space to breathe and move past the negative symptomology, and go on to be the support network needed for a successful transition back home after treatment. Family members are a key part of the treatment team, and are absolutely crucial to the long-term success of your child.
According to Family Systems Theory, families are systems of interconnected and interdependent individuals, none of whom can be understood in isolation from the system.
Family discord can occur when a child’s problematic behaviors lead to a destabilizing of the family system. Other destabilizing factors can include (but are not limited to) marital conflict, dysfunction of a spouse, emotional distance, substance abuse, and physical or mental health issues.
SIGNS YOUR FAMILY IS STRUGGLING WITH
- Extremes in Conflict
- Unequal/Unfair Treatment
- Lack of Empathy/Understanding