Keeping The Addict Connected To Family

Be it a holiday, or just any day, consider taking an active part in your loved one’s treatment. Keep your addict love one connected, at least on some level, to the family.

famThere are many aspects to family involvement in treatment. One I’d like to touch on is the client having a family member who is their advocate- whatever facility they may be at and regardless of the level of care. Clients are often distanced from family which is a natural occurrence when away in a treatment facility. At a time when decision making is not at it’s best, the addict, or client, may well benefit from a more grounded family member to help by being a part of the team. Be it moving to a new level of care, or relapsing, a family member can ad insight into what to do next. I could be wrong, but I do believe that having family fully involved in the treatment makes staff more efficient and accountable. And when it comes to therapy and the recovery process, family members can learn many valuable skills and gain the tools they need to cope and effectively deal with their loved one in treatment. Being consistent, setting limits, and not withholding love, are some of the lessons on the agenda for families of addicted people.

With Easter and Passover aproaching, the comfort of knowing your family is there, is a great gain for the addict, who has probably lost so much already. For the family, it’s a time to unite and set an example of strength, stability, and forgiveness.

March 15, 2015


2 responses to “Keeping The Addict Connected To Family”

  1. Kristina says:

    Great article!

  2. Alan Buncher says:

    Great article, thank you. Family Recovery Resources provides families with the tools to be able to be a family member that you describe in your wonderful article. We deal with to many families that are lost and need direction for their own recovery as most treatment programs do no offer enough for the lost families. I think we all have accepted that this is a family disease, but the addict/alcoholic get the treatment and families do not feel connected to the recovery process and the stages of change that they must go through just like their loved one. This is not an advertising article for my program, but most families get just a taste. (recovery weekend, call once a week, or get involved in their own recovery program) Its not enough if we did that with the alcoholic/addict and surely is not enough for the families. The best chance the addict has is for the families to be healthy and working on their own change during this early recovery period. Go home to the same family, the results will be the same.

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