Addiction and its Manifestations
Internal Family Systems for Addicts
IFS is not solely restricted as a mode of treatment for addicts but it is also a very useful psychotherapeutic model that can cater to a vast range of psychological and psychiatric conditions. The question now is, what exactly can IFS do for an addict? Basically, it approaches the “families.” Now we don’t mean the literal families like your parents, siblings, or relatives. Instead, families in this context are the subpersonalities in conflict. The objective of the method is to put the subpersonalities at ease and eliminate the negative energies which tire the person so much that he starts resorting to substance abuse to comfort himself.
Internal Family Systems Model
Normally, IFS is recommended to be conducted alongside individual therapy. It requires a skilled psychotherapist who specializes in IFS. The focus of the IFS Model is first to identify the different subpersonalities, understand their dynamics, recognize the core problem, and treat them accordingly. The end goal is to harmonize the subpersonalities, develop self-confidence, and enable the addict to break free of the negative energy that shackles him and forces him to internalize his pain and agony.