Addiction recovery is not a journey that anyone should or must go alone. It is important to have a strong network of support, both for the client and for the family. As a family member, you may feel somewhat removed from addiction – after all, you’re not the one using drugs or alcohol or the one in treatment. But you still have an important role to play. Whether you realize it or not, your loved one’s addiction has impacted you and has shaped who you are.
This is one of the reasons it is so important for families to be involved in addiction treatment. You may not realize the affect your loved one’s behavior and actions has on you, or whether you are inadvertently enabling their addiction. You also may not realize how much you can benefit from support and therapy for your own healing.
You can express your thoughts and feelings in a safe space. Your loved one may not realize how much you’ve been hurt by their addiction. With the guidance of a therapist, you can share your feelings and have the chance to respond in a constructive way. The whole family can better understand one another and the impact of addiction on relationships.
It can improve communication. You will learn more effective ways to communicate with one another, resolve problems, and start rebuilding trust.
You can set healthy boundaries. Creating a safe environment for recovery is imperative. Through education and support, you can set up routines and expectations that help everyone stay on the right track and promote recovery.
Everyone can begin healing. Addiction impacts the whole family, and by recognizing and addressing these effects, everyone can start healing.
If addiction is taking a toll on your family, Seacliff can help you get your loved one into treatment and begin the journey to recovery.
If your family is struggling with the impact of addiction, contact Seacliff to see how we can help.