A family needs a lot of time to heal after a loved one’s addiction. Addiction is a disease that affects everyone within the family. Addiction causes deep-rooted wounds and can leave scars that last a lifetime. Regaining trust and rebuilding relationships takes a lot of time.
The individual with an addiction starts the recovery process by going to treatment, but the family also needs help with recovery. Family therapy sessions start the healing process for family members and loved ones. Support groups are a great way to discuss feelings, listen to other peoples’ experiences, and gain insight into addiction.
All family members need to be honest with each other. Trust is compromised if anyone lies or hides anything from the rest of the family. It helps to have meaningful conversations so everyone can begin the healing process. Talk with the therapist to express any concerns, issues, or conflicts.
During the healing process, family members will through a range of emotions. A family therapist or individual counselor can guide family on the best way to talk to their loved one. Family members should never shame, guilt, or demean their loved one’s addictive behavior.
Speaking negatively reinforces feelings of worthlessness, helplessness, and self-destruction. This will only lead the loved one to continue drug or alcohol use to numb the way they feel. Family members should use positive and supportive words in conversation to encourage their loved one in their journey to recovery. A family and their loved one should take as much time as they need to heal.
Addiction does not discriminate by age, race, sex, or professional status. A family can heal after addiction, but it takes a lot of time and work from all involved. Consistency, patience, and forgiveness, will strengthen broken relationships.
If you have a substance addiction, get help now. Cypress Lakes Lodge specializes in treatment for drug and alcohol addiction with a mind, body, and spiritual approach to therapy. Make the call today and save yourself from the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol. Recovery is possible. You are not alone. You can enjoy much more in life without toxic substances.
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