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Addiction is a family disease. When individuals struggle with drug or alcohol dependency, the effects of substance abuse extends beyond themselves. It touches those closest to them, and for many, this means their family. Family therapy and family counseling are vital for recovery. It teaches family members how to support and encourage healthy coping helps individuals identify and address their familial problems, which may have contributed to their substance abuse.


At TruHealing Baltimore, we are committed to working with every client and their loved ones to help them create healthy healing strategies, set healthy boundaries, and deal with family issues head-on. Upon starting any of our levels of care, our staff will assess an individual’s family situation, client’s strengths and needs, and begin reaching out to loved ones when appropriate. We are dedicated to working with a client’s family as a whole, emphasizing education, examining codependency, and learning successful strategies for setting healthy boundaries. We are here to help you build a foundation for success.

Why Family Therapy Is Useful

Family with small child sitting together on a sofaFamily therapy hasn’t always been a part of addiction treatment. In previous years, treatment centered only on the person with the addiction. Many professionals focused solely on the individual’s substance abuse disorder. People often left their home environments to receive residential rehabilitation.


However, while they returned home sober, they often re-entered a toxic family situation that resulted in relapse. More recently, family therapy is no longer an afterthought. Instead, qualified facilities conduct it in conjunction with other forms of treatment, including medical detox and individual addiction therapy. Furthermore, the definition of “family” now also includes your entire support system, whether or not they’re biologically related to you.


Working with the entire family has several benefits. The person with the addiction can gain an awareness of his or her own needs and patterns. At the same time, family members can come up with strategies that allow them to care for their own needs and those of the addict. Having an outside perspective can also help everyone recognize codependent and enabling behaviors that contribute to the addiction. Finally, family members can better understand the cycle of addiction to ensure that future generations don’t also suffer from this disease.

Conflict Resolution in Recovery

Despite the change of focus in the field, many still think they can address their addiction or someone they love without bringing others into the mix. Before making this decision, individuals need to ask themself the following questions:


  • Have family members objected to your substance abuse, but you ignore their objections?
  • Has your addiction affected the physical or mental health of those you love?
  • Do you or other family members believe they have contributed to your addiction?
  • Do family members want to learn ways to help you stay sober and avoid relapse?


If the answers are “yes” to any of these questions, then the individual and their family would benefit from family help as part of a larger addiction treatment strategy.

Discover How TruHealing Baltimore Can Help

Individuals struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction have numerous aspects of their life, affecting their dependency. However, their behaviors affect much more than just themselves. The people they care about, including their biological family and close friends, often feel the impact as well. In many cases, these dynamics may be contributing causes of the substance abuse problem. For that reason, addiction treatment often involves a family therapy component.


Here at TruHealing in Baltimore, Maryland, we believe getting family (either biological or chosen) involved in treatment can go a long way towards healing and helping clients make a lasting recovery. Reach out to us today at 833.782.2241 to learn more about our treatment programs.

Why TruHealing Baltimore?

TruHealing Baltimore is your partner for recovery. We are ready to give you or your loved one everything they need for recovery that stands the test of time. The only requirement is a little hope and enough willingness to try. The sober, happy and peaceful life you’re imagining is much closer than you imagine. Give us a call (833) 782-2241 and we can start moving in the right direction. 

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Kathy Michelle Hill

Clinical Director

I am a National Certified Counselor with expertise in addiction and criminal justice. I am a member of PSI CHI Honor Society and the Psychology Honor Society.  I have also been recognized by a “Who’s Who Among Students” award.  
My goal for this position is to formulate strategies that will improve the clinical team’s performance, for both clinical and client success. It is rewarding to me to support clients through role modeling, positive motivation, and determination. 

My goal for this position is to formulate strategies that will improve the clinical team’s performance, for both clinical and client success. It is rewarding to me to support clients through role modeling, positive motivation, and determination. 

I am a helper by nature. My most pleasurable moments in life are helping others who have experienced adversity and who are seeking guidance to improve their lives.  

Kathy Michelle Hill, LCPC, NCC, CSC-AD, is the Clinical Director at TruHealing Baltimore. Hill received a BS in psychology from Tuskegee University in 1993, a MS degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Baltimore in 2006, and a MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2020. Hill is currently a PhD student in Applied Behavior Analysis at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and is expected to graduate in 2026.  

Stacy Decker
Director of Operations

I joined the team at TruHealing Hagerstown in 2020. Before starting my current position, I worked as an administrator in outpatient surgical care, and then joined an ambulatory surgery center development company as Regional Director.  I enjoy using my medical background and business knowledge—in conjunction with my personal experiences in recovery—to encourage and support clients seeking treatment.

Abstinence and recovery are an integral part of my life. Being able to help other people who are suffering with a substance use disorder has been a blessing. TruHealing Hagerstown is the only inpatient facility in our community to help people suffering with substance use disorders. It’s incredibly rewarding to give back to my community.

Staci Decker is the Director of Operations at TruHealing Baltimore. 


As we continue to grow Amatus Health, the need to stay competitive and differentiate ourselves in unique ways is crucial. Building creative approaches to reach more people will take our company to new heights. This is why I am pleased to announce that we are officially rebranding. Our new national name, TruHealing Addiction & Mental Health Treatment, will eventually replace Amatus Recovery Centers.

You may be asking, “Why are we doing this?” This new name will give us national uniformity and help brand ourselves as a whole, which will be done in phases. You will still see our existing facility names co-branded with TruHealing for the time being.

Healing is what we do. Everyone who comes through our doors is in a moment of profound struggle in their lives. We support them through a life-changing process of healing and recovery, and they leave our facilities changed. This new name is a representation of that process. As mentioned above, it also allows us to have a national brand, which will make us a recognizable name in the addiction and mental health field.

In summation, these changes present an excellent opportunity for our organization to develop our mission, vision, and purpose. I look forward to prosperous growth as we head in a new and positive direction.


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Mark Gold
Amatus Health