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Family Systems Therapy for Addiction

Family Systems Therapy Focuses on Fostering Change

Family Systems Therapy, also known as family counseling is a branch of psychotherapy focusing on fostering change and development in families and couples in intimate relationships.
Addiction and Mental Illness affect the whole family.
During the early years of family systems therapy’s development the “family” was considered only in terms of immediate blood relations. Consequently, it has since evolved to define family more broadly in terms of supportive, long-term relationships – even between those not related by blood or marriage.
Family systems therapy uses a number of psychotherapeutic techniques to influence changes in families.
  • Systemic coaching
  • Reality therapy
  • Psychoeducation
  • Relationship education
Dawn Wilson
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I believe that aftercare makes the difference for so many who have been unable to stay sober in previous attempts at sobriety.”

~ Dawn Wilson, Director of Transition Services

The Importance of Family Therapy

Family Systems Therapy promotes familial relationships as important to psychological health and it promotes changes in terms of the forms of interaction between and among family members.
Though there are multiple schools of family therapy, a common belief they all share is that involving family members in solutions to therapeutic issues is beneficial, regardless of whether the patient views the matter as an individual or family issue.

What to Expect

In Family Systems Therapy meetings often consist of multiple family members gathering at the same time, allowing the therapist to observe relationships and interaction patterns among the family. These interactions often closely mirror ones found in the home, despite the introduction of the therapist into the setting.
Family therapists are frequently more interested in maintaining relationships and solving problems rather than identifying causes for the issue or issues at hand because some families or family members might perceive analysis as looking for ways of placing blame on one or more family members. Contact Burning Tree Ranch at (877) 389-0500 to learn about family systems therapy in Dallas, TX.

Our Chronic relapse therapies

Chronic Relapse Program

Family Systems Therapy


For the chronic addict or alcoholic, life after addiction treatment can be a life of freedom if you have the right tools and can transition properly to a sober life. However, if you don’t have the proper tools, then long-term recovery is unlikely and the unmanageability of drugs and alcohol will return. 

Burning Tree Ranch’s Aftercare Program gives chronic addicts and alcoholics the tools and skills to be able to transition to a life of sobriety after a rehab program. 

3 out of 5 relapsers say Aftercare is really helpful.


Burning Tree Ranch has one of the strongest and most comprehensive Aftercare treatment plans in the country.  We give our clients an environment to transition and practice the sober tools they learned in our long-term treatment residential program at Burning Tree Ranch. Our mission is to prevent the risk of relapse and to help build a life of excellence after sobriety. 

Burning Tree Ranch helps addicts and alcoholics adapt back into the real world with one of the only long term Aftercare programs in the country. Our Aftercare Program offers the following:

  • High accountability within our community.
  • Chance to implement life skills like responsibility, budgeting, accountability, work ethic.
  • Slowly transition and practice recovery disciplines into everyday lives.
  • Learn to live life in the real world by merging all aspects of life together: recovery, work, family, social and recreational.
  • Use recovery tools and aftercare group when issues arise that throw areas of life out of balance.
Dawn Wilson
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I believe that aftercare makes the difference for so many who have been unable to stay sober in previous attempts at sobriety.”

~ Dawn Wilson, Director of Transition Services

Aftercare Clients are Expected to Do:

12-Step Program Development
  • 3-5 A.A. meetings a week & participation in 12-step programs
  • Carry the message to Hospitals and Institutions 
  • Talk to their sponsors 3x a week & meet every other week 
  • Service position in their 12-Step group & community
  • Sponsor others 
  • Aftercare Meeting 6:30 to 8 every Thursday
Life Skills Development
  • Expected to work 32 hours
  • Pay rent weekly
  • Required to do chores twice a week
  • Each person has a service position
  • Expected to take care of the house

Families Can Expect:

  • Your loved one will get a structured program to support them while they transition into sober living.
  • Your loved one will be able to have a safe environment where they can practice what they’ve been learning.
  • You will have oversight of After Care team and you and your family will receive support on the best way to approach your loved one’s addiction.
  • Your loved one will be introduced and participate in the Burning Tree community.

Two Phases of After Care

After going through the Burning Tree Ranch recovery process and the Family Program, clients begin transitioning to our After Care program. 

Our transition is designed to be slow and strategic. When helping chronic addicts and alcoholics we have found that most of our clients needed a smoother transition from treatment back into the real world. 

Our After Care Program lasts a little over a year and is designed to develop needed life skills and gives our clients the time to adjust to sober living and make sobriety a habit. 

1. Sober Living Aftercare Phase:

The first phase of our aftercare program is going to our gender-specific sober living home in Dallas. Our sober living homes are structured to have high accountability and community. 

2. Independent Living Phase:

We recommend participants transition into independent living with one or two peers from the Burning Tree Ranch community. This helps each member of our aftercare program keep each other accountable and inside the Burning Tree community. 

Our Chronic relapse therapies

Burning Tree Ranch utilizes
addiction medicine to aid in the diagnosis, treatment and recovery of persons with the disease of addiction.

A form of goal-oriented therapy that helps our clients understand how their thoughts affect their actions, leading to healthier thinking patterns and behaviors.

An evidence-based psychotherapy approach that helps our clients better manage stress, regulate emotions, and improve relationships with others.

An interactive psychotherapy
technique that helps our clients reduce the emotional distress caused by the unresolved pain associated with trauma.

An experiential therapy that imparts physical, cognitive, and emotional benefit to our clients as they engage the important work of establishing lifelong recovery.

A form of positive psychotherapy that helps our clients clarify their values and connect with their authentic selves, leading to a greater sense of self-worth and empowerment.

A humanistic form of psychotherapy that helps our clients concentrate on the present moment, and engage the
opportunity to they have increase
personal freedom and fulfillment.

Facilitated by a licensed clinician, group therapy helps our clients develop improved communication skills, boundaries, and self-awareness in a therapeutic setting.

We take into account the whole
person, not just the addiction. Our holistic approach enables our clients to discovery well-being for the mind, body, and spirit.

The goal of individual therapy is to motivate the client to explore certain behaviors that may interfere with, delay, or sabotage the opportunity to achieve permanent, lifelong recovery.

A form of psychotherapy that helps our clients re-build relationships with loved ones, and establish new relationships with a healthy support group of peers.

Neurofeedback Therapy is a noninvasive treatment designed to instruct patients as to how to control brainwave activity in order to change behaviors.

The Twelve Steps teach our clients how to live by a set of spiritual principles that are taught in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.