When a loved one enters a treatment program, family members may feel that they don’t play any role in the recovery process. In actuality, family support is very important in helping the loved one get the treatment he or she needs. While every family and program is different, knowing family is there in a supportive way can often help a loved one lead a clean life moving forward.
How Family Support Helps During Addiction Recovery
The following are important ways how family support helps and reasons why it’s so important for an addict in recovery.
Healthy And Supportive Communication
Family members are often afraid to discuss their loved one’s drug or alcohol addiction, and this fear can continue during and after recovery. For a family to truly help their loved one, it is important to keep lines of communication open. Treatment programs can help family members learn how to discuss things in a constructive manner that benefits both the family as a whole and the one recovering from addiction.
Negative Patterns Can Be Broken
Many individuals play a part in a person’s addiction, whether actively or passively. While the loved one is in treatment, the family can get help learning how to break certain patterns of codependency and enabling behavior. Almost always, change has to take place in the family unit as a whole, and not just in the person who is suffering from addiction. Positive changes can create stability and lead to growing trust.
Taking Care Of Yourself And Others
Family members, just like the person in addiction recovery, often experience high levels of stress. With guidance, the family can learn self-care and ways to lessen their own stress levels so these aren’t projected onto the loved one in recovery. When all members of a family take good care of themselves, they can better be there for each other in the long term. When a family is able to offer lifelong support and believe in their loved one’s ability to move past addiction, it can do wonders to help the loved one believe in themselves as well.
Where To Get Help For Addiction
Before, during and after the loved one’s recovery, there are support systems that families can utilize that will help them heal. This in turn will help the family be able to offer genuine support to the loved one. At some treatment facilities, family members are often able to sit in on counseling sessions. There are also many 12-step programs available throughout the country for friends and family, such as Al-Anon and Nar-Anon.
Maryland Recovery in Bel Air helps families navigate the emotional journey of addiction recovery. We help the client re-establish and maintain healthy relationships with family, and part of our process includes working with the family unit itself in order to make these healthy relationships possible.
Call us today to inquire about our family support in recovery so your family can move forward and break the bondage of addiction and pain. Healing is possible!
Dr. Bhalavat is Board Certified in General Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, and provides inpatient evaluation and consultation services at the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, University of Maryland Harford Memorial Hospital, Maryland Recovery Partners, and Citizens Care & Rehabilitation Center. Dr. Bhalavat’s background includes treatment of depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia spectrum disorders, bipolar disorder, substance abuse and dementia.