The pain and challenges of addiction don’t only affect the person suffering from addiction; the pain extends to friends and family as well. For families to fully recover from addiction, everyone affected must participate in the recovery process. Helping your loved one overcome addiction is only one step. You have to learn how to heal yourself as well. The following tips can help you rebuild your family after addiction.
Encourage active communication. Addiction can cause a breakdown in healthy communication within the family. Promote open communication, honesty, and trust. You may have to learn how to talk to and trust each other again, but this is an important step for family recovery.
Avoid enabling and assigning blame. Each member of the family is responsible for his or her own recovery. Avoid activities or topics that could cause the person who suffered from addiction to fall back on old habits.
Find activities everyone can enjoy. Spending quality time together can be beneficial on many levels, including rebuilding trust and communication. Find activities everyone, including children, can enjoy. Consider making a weekly family event night to create a routine and encourage positive attitudes. Volunteering as a family can also build positivity and help create a sense of closeness and trust.
Understand that relapse happens. Behavioral relapse is as possible for family members as it is for a recovering addict. Identify which of your behaviors might relapse, and try to stay conscious of avoiding them. Blaming and enabling addiction can be harmful, and could cause a relapse in the addict as well. Treat your family members with love, trust, and understanding to encourage everyone else to do the same.
At Astoria Pointe and The Rosebriar, we are conscious of the fact that recovery is a long process that involves the entire family. That’s why we provide intensive after care programs once the individual has completed our rehabilitation programs. For questions, or if you need to seek help for yourself or a family member, please call us today at (503) 298-4393.