Recovery for Families

When someone falls into the vicious cycle of addiction, they’re not isolated in the damage. The effects of that addiction radiate outward and slam into family and close friends. Relationships deteriorate; trust is shaken. But then, perhaps miraculously, the addict goes to an addiction treatment center and returns home, determined to have a successful recovery. As everyone adjusts to the new normal, with the person in recovery integrated back into family life, the rest of the family may struggle to deal with the changes. Oftentimes, families need recovery just as much as the former addict does.


As their loved one enters recovery after drug rehab, families tend to face emotional exhaustion and turmoil. Families have to deal with the burden of a dozen different emotions—anger at their loved one’s actions, guilt for allowing the addiction to happen, fear that other people will find out. This emotional whirlwind may storm inside each family member, but oftentimes, fear of conflict keeps each person silent. Instead of speaking about their feelings openly, family members bottle them up, perhaps due to fears of upsetting the person in recovery. However, the best option for the family is to allow an open, safe space to discuss emotions, whether that’s in a support group or on the living room couch. Some addiction recovery facilities offer programs and support groups for families, where they can get the help and encouragement they need.


Recovery also causes divisions in family dynamics, with family members battling with anger, resentment, jealousy, or bitterness. Siblings of the recovering addict are often ignored or shut out by parents who are investing all their time and energy to helping the former addict recover. Young kids especially struggle with this treatment, and may become intensely resentful toward parents over time. Families also have to deal with trust issues, as they decide how and when to begin entrusting responsibilities to the recovering addict. And of course, the specter of relapse lies over all of the family’s interactions, tainting relationships. Families may not trust or respect their loved one when they fear that they will relapse.


Another area where families struggle is knowing how to relate to the recovering addict. Brothers, sisters, and parents may not know what to say or how to say it. They may be worried that their questions will trigger or upset the person in recovery. However, what’s most important in recovery is support, openness, and love. Family members should start and sustain a dialogue with their sibling or child about the best way to support them in their recovery.


If you or a family member is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, please email or call our understanding representatives at Right Path Drug Rehab today. We want to connect you with a luxury drug rehab program that fits your needs and allows clients to recover in privacy and comfort. We offer treatment for dual diagnosis and supervised, safe detoxification processes. Clients will benefit from individual and group meetings, learn strategies for coping with stress and dealing with cravings, and become part of a supportive network of peers and mentors. Each client’s recovery is our top priority—contact us today to begin a life-changing journey toward sustained sobriety.

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