Substance abuse and psychiatric problems place almost everyone in crisis. It’s not just the patient who is struggling. Instead, it’s everyone who makes up his or her environment. Every family member is directly affected, so at Wellington Retreat, we’ve adopted a Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) approach to treatment.
MDFT is a very different way to look at treatment. It’s an all-inclusive, family-based outpatient or day treatment program for those who are suffering from mental illness, substance abuse, or a combination of the two who are likely to suffer from a relapse. It can only work when both the patient and the family cooperate, though, so it’s not right for everyone.
The goal of MDFT is to look at social behaviors and interactions and how they contribute to problems in a patient’s life. Assessment is a crucial part of the equation, and the treatment plan itself looks at interactions with parents and friends, parenting skills, communication skills, and the relationship of an individual’s social interactions within a community to his or her addiction or mental illness.
MDFT has been in use since 1985, and the positive evidence to support this treatment tool is overwhelming. No matter what your current socioeconomic status or ethnic background, it’s a very successful way to treat addiction and mental illness.
At Wellington Retreat, we know the family should be as much a part of the recovery process as possible, and MDFT makes that happen. It’s another good way to support ongoing recovery.
To learn more about MDFT and whether it’s right for you, contact us today.