Addiction Is a Family Disease: How to Be Active SupportiveNo one doubts Sylvester Stallone’s sincerity in the support of his brother during rehab. But for all families who are experiencing the rehab process, there are some basic ways to concretely help:
- Be open to family therapy, even if you have your own fears about this process
- Understand that recovery is self-driven, which means that you can’t “fix” the addiction for your loved one
- Recognize that each family has assets, strengths and resources that can be used to support the recovery of a loved one, but it can take a professional to help identify these
- Listen. A small word, but extraordinarily powerful.
- Remember that substance abuse and addiction is not the fault of the family
Resources for Families Dealing with AddictionThere are hundreds of resources to help families who are dealing with addiction, both during the addiction period, rehab, and during long-term recovery. Here’s a starter list of resources for families who have a loved one in rehab for alcohol or drug addiction:
If you suspect that someone in your family may be in need of help, please don’t hesitate to call us today.