Importance of Family Support During Rehab and Addiction Treatment

Whether you or a loved one is seeking addiction treatment, family plays a powerful role in the healing process. In the process of addiction treatment and rehabilitation, discover how family therapy for addiction can help you and your loved ones find the path to healing and a positive family dynamic.

Signs of Addiction

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, nearly 90 percent of individuals who are addicted to substances do not receive treatment. It’s essential for you to find the support and professional treatment necessary to overcome powerful addictions. The warning signs of addiction can be difficult to spot, even for family members. Look for these signs of addiction in family member actions and communication:

  • Changes in sleep patterns, appetite, mood or weight
  • Unusual speech, mood or odors
  • Secretive and unusual behaviors, including withdrawal from family members

Talk to a loved one if you see these or other warning signs of addiction. Don’t wait to contact a professional for treatment options and ways you as a family member can help promote the recovery process.

 

Positive Home Environment

It’s essential to provide a positive family atmosphere in order to help family members seeking recovery. A dysfunctional home life and ineffective family communication can deter any rehabilitation or recovery attempts. Help promote a positive family atmosphere with these steps:

  • Promote honesty: Addiction tends to be reinforced through secretive behaviors and fear of punishment. Promote honesty in your household.
  • Encourage peaceful communication: Rehabilitation is an emotionally exhausting road. Peaceful family communication can help smooth any emotional turmoil or chaos that may occur.
  • Establish boundaries: Whether parents or children are struggling with addiction, help establish safe boundaries in terms of behaviors and activities in the household. Holding each other accountable is a powerful way family members can improve rehabilitation.

Creating a positive environment doesn’t happen overnight. For many families, it may take some time to remove a harmful atmosphere and create new, positive habits. With patience and professional guidance, discover how your family can assist in creating these positive changes.

 

Enabling Family Members

Family members are a powerful force to both help and hinder recovery. Through effective family therapy, family members can assist in fostering positive behaviors and attitudes. Positive family relationships not only help establish effective communication and accountability, they also help shield an individual from negative influences.

However, family members can also create an enabling dynamic that hinders healing. Through avoidance of consequences, encouraging self-defeating behaviors and avoiding conflict and accountability, family members can establish an enabling mindset that makes it very difficult for recovery to occur.

 

Co-Dependent Lifestyles

Another way family members can actually hinder the path to rehabilitation is through a co-dependent lifestyle. This occurs when either spouses or a parent-child relationship promotes addiction. Some parents feel they must be the sole caretaker for their child, while not provided them the resources they need for recovery.

 

Discover the Importance of Family Support

Don’t let co-dependent lifestyles or enabling attitudes to hinder rehabilitation in your family. If you or a loved one is struggling with an addiction, discover the benefits of family support in the rehabilitation process.

Clean Recovery Centers offer family therapy to help family members assist their loved one. This guidance is useful for any type of addiction, from alcohol to substances. Designed specifically for family members, you’ll learn

  • Helpful strategies to promote recovery
  • Strategies for conflict resolution
  • Ways to communicate effectively

 

Contact Us Today

Don’t wait to find out how to help addiction with a family member. Contact us today to learn how you and your loved ones can help a family member find hope in the midst of addiction. Recovery affects the whole family, so healing should occur within the whole family.

 

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