Addiction is known for damaging relationships with many of the people in the addict’s family. It is a common misconception that drug and alcohol abuse only affects the individual who is addicted to the substances. Addiction is actually a family disease and affects everyone in its own unique way. Parents of addicts have a lot of trust issues and anger towards their children; these emotions may remain even after the teens have left the rehab program. Children of addicts may have resentment towards their parents based on what happened before the rehab program was able to intervene.
The most effective way to be able to deal with the situation and heal together as a family would be to take family counseling sessions at the rehab clinic. These sessions can be very insightful for everyone who is involved. It will provide some perspective as to what may have driven the addict to start using drugs or alcohol initially. It’s very important for the family to understand some of the underlying issues that had spurred the addiction for their loved one. When this has been understood, there’s a good chance that there will be more compassion and a willingness to forgive the individual for the choices that they have made.
A major resource for family members of addicts that are about to leave rehab is Al-Anon and Nar-Anon. These groups are support groups for friends and family of loved ones who are dealing with drug and alcohol problems. They are networks of people who have been touched by addiction and are able to share their personal experiences with other people in order to provide them with hope and support. Both of the programs follow the 12 step principles that are found in AA and NA groups to help provide a sense of comfort to family members. It also empowers them to provide encouragement and understanding to the addict in their life.
There are groups and other programs that are specifically designed to meet the needs of the addict themselves. Whether your loved one is a man or a woman, senior or younger, there are specific groups that they can get involved with so that they can have peers to relate to. Being able to get involved with a group where they can relate to other addicts and listen to their stories can provide them with the chance to learn from other people, as well as share their own story so that other people can learn from them.
As a family, it’s important to understand that having a recovering addict in your home is going to definitely change a lot of different elements in your life. It may be challenging to deal with at times. However, if you are open minded and are willing to be patient with your loved one, you can truly help them on their pathway to recovery. The important role is to be encouraging and supportive to them as they work on transitioning.