Domestic Violence Counseling

Woman with hands over faceWomen who have experienced domestic violence in their home are much more likely to struggle with addiction. The numbers are dramatic. Abuse victims are 15 times more likely to abuse alcohol, and 9 times more likely to abuse drugs. Some studies report that over half of women who are seeking addiction recovery treatment have experienced domestic assault and abuse in their lives. There are also close correlations between substance abuse and those who inflict abuse. Roughly 90% of men who commit assault in the home abused drugs or alcohol on the day of the incident.

Because of these significant correlations, it’s important to take a close look at domestic abuse and how it factors into patterns of addiction.

Identifying Responsibility and Eliminating Blame

One of the key steps in the 12 Step addiction recovery program is accepting responsibility for your actions and making reparations for the harm that you’ve done. For victims of abuse, this can be a very difficult step. Accepting responsibility is an essential step. It allows you to be proactive and make positive change in your life and taking ownership of your own actions. For some people, it’s empowering and allows them to step out of the shadow of victimhood. However, a common symptom of domestic abuse is guilt and self-blame for things that weren’t your fault at all.

Sorting out the harm that was done by others and the harm that you did to yourself can be incredibly difficult to do. It requires a certain level of maturity and forgiveness. Through sensitive one-on-one counseling, we strive to help our patients identify how to make positive changes in the future, and how to move forward from the past without shouldering victim blame.

Building Positive Family Patterns

Domestic violence is so very harmful is because it destroys the essential foundations of safety and love that we build in our lives. Without positive patterns and examples of healthy family relationships, many victims of domestic violence find themselves in negative patterns over and over again.

Rebuilding families and relationships after addiction can be an enormous undertaking, but it’s key for a healthy recovery. Healthy environment and relationships are the lifeblood of a successful sober lifestyle. We work with our patients to identify problematic patterns, take rectifying action if necessary, and build a good foundation for healthy family relationships in the future.

Lion’s Gate Recovery Specializes in Rebuilding Families

Family dynamics are so essential to successful recovery. That’s why our program is specifically formulated to bring families closer together. Our family days are open to family members, and family members are welcome to come learn more about addiction and how they can support their loved ones in their recovery. We also have enjoyable team-building activities that families love.

Here at Lion’s Gate Recovery, we’re a fairly small facility and we like it that way. We want each patient who stays with us to enjoy the family atmosphere. Here, they get the love and attention they need to support them in their recovery.