Mary Woods

One Hour AT A Time

Mary Woods

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Family Therapy

Monday 31st March 2008

Learn about Family Recovery from Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders with One Hour AT A Time host Mary Woods. Discover how Behavioral Family Therapy is the key to success. Listen now on
55 minutes

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Family Recovery from Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders: A Behavioral Family Therapy Approach

Recovery, whether it is from substance abuse or a mental illness, or both requires a treatment plan, which in many cases is as effective as treatments for other chronic illnesses.
In this episode of One Hour AT A Time, host Mary Woods discusses Family Recovery from Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders. The guest for this episode is Kim T. Mueser, Ph.D. Together, they explore the benefits of Behavioral Family Therapy, a key treatment plan for co-occurring substance use and mental illness disorders. The stigma surrounding these conditions can often lead to feelings of guilt or blame within families, but Mueser explains that this is not the case.
Outdated assumptions and beliefs from mental health professionals can make the family feel at fault. However, the reality is that the family can play a significant role in the recovery process. Mueser notes that the recovery journey requires individuals to develop the skills and knowledge needed for personal responsibility. This is where Behavioral Family Therapy comes in. It helps families understand the importance of communication and conflict resolution.
The therapy also breaks down problem-solving and goal achievement into six simple steps. These steps help families work together and minimize stress and conflict. The recovery journey can be a difficult one, and it can be especially challenging when it comes to dealing with grief and loss. Woods and Mueser discuss how hope can help individuals and families through this process. They emphasize the importance of having a sense of purpose and meaning in one's life.
The recovery journey is not an easy one, but as Mueser notes, it can be a rewarding one. The benefits of the recovery journey include better relationships, independence, and staying out of the hospital. The episode concludes with a call-to-action to listen to the full episode on, where listeners can gain a greater understanding of the recovery journey and the importance of Behavioral Family Therapy.