Addiction affects the whole family. If your loved one is recovering from a drug or alcohol abuse problem and lives in your home, you’ll want to minimize how it will influence everyone else living there. You want the person in recovery to have the support he or she needs, but you also want to maintain a well-balanced home. The rest of the family may need to be taught coping skills so that they can support the addict’s recovery in positive and constructive ways.
Legacy Freedom can help. We offer alcohol and drug rehab in Raleigh NC with programs for the entire family. For immediate help, here are six tips on how to live with and support a recovering addict:
1. Create a positive environment in your home. Discourage negative talk, nagging and punishments in order to change the addict’s behavior. Someone who has been through a substance abuse treatment program has probably learned positive coping skills, so don’t damage his or her progress by acting the opposite way.
2. Maintain a home free of alcohol and/or drugs, if possible. The first year of recovery is the hardest, so your family member will appreciate not being around substances that could tempt him or her when things get hard. Keep prescription pills in a safe place, even locked away, but make your loved one aware that you’re doing it to minimize the temptation. Building trust will come with time.
3. Make everyone in the household aware that the first few months will be a struggle. Recovering addicts need to learn to adjust to life as a sober person. Don’t expect them to always be positive and upbeat, or willing to participate in family activities. Let them know you and the family are there for them whenever they need you but don’t push them into things they may not feel comfortable with yet.
4. Be open about drug and alcohol abuse and your loved one’s struggle with it. Pretending as if it didn’t happen isn’t going to help him or her deal with the consequences of their past. If he or she feels ashamed about it because you shy away from the subject, it may cause feelings of guilt and regret that could lead him or her back to past behaviors.
5. Don’t use guilt as a motivator for the recovering addict to stay clean. You may feel like you were a part of the problem, especially if you are the parent or spouse, but don’t take the burden of his or her addiction on yourself. Focus on the fact that he or she got help and is on the right track. If you haven’t already, join a support group for families. Talking to others who are going through the same thing can help you feel less alone and help you learn coping strategies.
6. If there are children in the family, explain the situation in terms they can understand. It will help them understand what is going on and show them that this type of problem isn’t something to be ashamed about. Very young children may not understand, but older children will appreciate being included.
Family Therapy for Alcohol and Drug Rehab in Raleigh NC
Is your family troubled because of a loved one’s substance abuse or drug problem? Call Legacy Freedom Treatment Center of Raleigh to speak with a counselor today. Our approach to alcohol and drug rehab in Raleigh NC also includes the family members of our patients. We know how important it is to have a support system when you’re in recovery. Family members can actively participate in private and group therapy sessions in order to learn coping and support skills. Call us today to learn more.