7 Ways Families Can Get Involved In Treatment
Having a family support system is essential to a successful recovery. When you’re newly sober, it helps to know you can lean on family and loved ones. Their support gives you the added self-confidence of knowing that people care about you and your sobriety.
Recovery is a Team Effort
If your loved one is working hard to get clean and sober, your support could make a world of difference. Here’s a look at seven ways you can be involved:
- Get Educated: The majority of treatment facilities offer addiction-related education services for family members. Learning how addiction works and how to handle the stress surrounding it enables the whole family to help in the treatment process.
- Visit Them: Treatment facilities encourage visits from family members and loved ones. This prevents your loved one from feeling alone and restores the self-confidence they’ve lost.
- Seek Out Counseling: It’s very common to feel hurt and betrayed by your loved one’s addictive behavior, but don’t let those feelings turn into built-up resentment. Getting help from a counselor – either in family or one-on-one sessions – allows you to develop healthy communication skills.
- Join a Support Group: It’s just as important for you to have support. Most communities have family support groups that allow you to meet people in similar situations and develop a network to cope with physical or mental stress. Some of these support groups include Al-Anon (for family for friends of alcoholics), Nar-Anon (for family and friends of drug addicts) and Families Anonymous.
- Avoid Rehashing Old Hurts: There is a time and place, to appropriately express your hurt and frustration. However, try to avoid these emotional outbursts during the early stages of your loved one’s recovery. It can quickly lead to the blame game and stunt the whole recovery process. Instead, try to keep conversations light in the beginning and stick to positive topics like future opportunities.
- Get Rid of Substances in Your Home: Making minor lifestyle changes can be an immense show of support. In the early stages of Your loved one’s recovery, remove any and all substances or temptations from the home. For example, if your loved one struggles with alcoholism, get rid of all the alcohol in your house. If it’s not there, there’s no temptation.
- Find New Activities: Many people in early recovery believe sobriety signals the end of their social lives, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Find sober activities the whole family can do together like riding bikes, going hiking or watching a movie.
Additional Reading: Is the Antidote for Addiction Closer Than We Think?
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