Getting Involved in A Loved One’s Addiction Treatment Helps Everyone
Submitted by Laura Calvert
Recovering from addiction is a long and difficult process. It’s one that is more likely to be successful if the recovering addict has plenty of support. Family members who get involved in this process… perhaps by initiating and attending family therapy sessions… find that they themselves benefit too.
Family Members Need To Heal Too
Addiction doesn’t only affect the addicted person. Close family members are often profoundly affected by the addiction. Which means they also need time and help to recover from the trauma that it causes.
Getting involved in the treatment process can help immensely. Especially when treatment includes family therapy sessions… in which all family members get the opportunity to talk… about how the addiction has affected them.
This is particularly important for two reasons:
Communication issues are often a significant problem in families affected by addiction.
And this particular problem… can be exacerbated by the treatment process if family members don’t get involved.
Another important issue is that many close family members, especially children of addicts… tend to feel that they are somewhat to blame for the addiction. They need help understanding that their sense of guilt is misplaced.
Family Involvement Increases the Likelihood of Successful Recovery
While it’s true that an addict is responsible for their own addiction and the behavior they engage in… During a period of active addiction… close family members who get involved in the recovery process… can be of enormous benefit in helping the addict succeed.
Family members who get involved in treatment learn how to provide essential emotional and social support… for the recovering addict. This not only helps them work towards recovery… it also helps them avoid situations or behavior that might lead to a relapse.
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