If you are reading this blog, the important thing to remember is that your loved one is getting the help they need by receiving treatment for addiction. As the loved one of an addict, whether a family member or friend, you have your own set of challenges that you must overcome in order to be a part of their recovery. Addiction affects the whole family, not just the person who is addicted. So, it is only natural that you are a part of your loved one’s recovery.
When a loved one suffers from addiction, it is common to experience a roller coaster of emotions and maybe even struggle with feeling guilt. Many loved ones of addicts suffer with the feeling that they are partially to blame for the addiction, but there is no point in wasting time on self-blame or even the blaming of others. There are so many factors at play when it comes to an individuals’ addiction that there is never a simple answer to the question “why?”.
It is important to improve your own response to your loved one’s addiction before you are truly able to fully support them in their recovery. It is easy to get upset or even angry with your loved one, but once you can understand that addiction is a disease that affects the health of the body and the mind, it’s easier to understand their actions and learn to forgive in order for the both of you to heal. From there, your loved one is going to need your strength and encouragement to get down this difficult road ahead.
Here are some tips and ways that you can support your loved one in treatment.
Participate on Family Days
Participating in the family day offered by your loved one’s treatment center is going to be pivotal in being a part of your loved one’s recovery. By simply showing up, you’re showing your loved one that you are there to support them and you are willing to be a part of their new life.
Each weekend, Windmill Wellness Ranch holds family workshops for the loved one’s of those going through treatment with us. This allows our patients and their families to work through how addiction has affected them together as a unit and allows them work together on the road to recovery.
Find Resources and Support
As we mentioned before, addiction affects the whole family, not just the person who is addicted. Therefore, the addicted individual is not the only one who can benefit from having a support network. Families and loved ones of addicts may mind if helpful to connect with others who have gone through a similar experience.
Try asking the treatment center where your loved one is receiving help if they are familiar with any community networks in your area. Otherwise, a simple online search could help you locate resources that are nearest to you.
Focus On Yourself
To some, this may sound selfish, but you cannot stay strong for others unless you are truly taking care of yourself first. Once your loved one has entered treatment, you must focus on rebuilding your own life. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep, taking care of yourself with proper diet and exercise and socialize with close friends.
Let your loved one focus on their healing while you focus on yours.
One of the first and biggest steps to helping a loved one is offering up your support of their decision to get treatment. From there, offering strength and compassion on the long journey ahead will make all of the difference in an individuals recovery.
Have a loved one in need of treatment? Contact us today and our admissions team would be more than happy to help get your loved one of the path to recovery today.