The Importance of Family Support in Helping You Kick Addiction for Good

The Importance of Family Support in Helping You Kick Addiction for Good

Whether you are seeking recovery from opiates/opioids or from alcohol, family support is essential. You have likely heard the term "co- dependency." Co-dependent family members can behave in ways that may hinder recovery by providing support that reinforces or maintains addictive behaviors.

Co-dependency isn't the only challenge faced by family members and individuals in recovery. Few family members have a lot of information on how opiate or alcohol addiction works. Nearly all family members want to help, but they also need support.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), people in recovery need support for all of their needs: physical, emotional, psychological, financial and social. Recovery support systems are the same systems we all benefit from, and in the overwhelming majority of lives, our families are the ones we need to count on for support.

Overcoming Challenges Faced After Rehab

Once you complete rehab, you may be tempted to think everything will be better, but you and your family could experience ongoing challenges. You and your family should be prepared to work through health problems, relationship changes and potential financial problems.

If you had a relationship with your partner that revolved around substance use (even if he or she remained sober), you will need to rebuild a new sober relationship with them. Family-based therapy can help to rebuild broken relationships that have suffered due to opioid or alcohol use. Family support therapy can help family members understand their own feelings and how the addiction process works.

You and your family members can address financial challenges by meeting with a financial advisor and planning for short-term and longer-term financial needs before and during rehab and throughout your ongoing recovery.

Informed and Educated Family Members Support Recovery

Many family members may unintentionally hinder recovery simply because they don't know exactly how addiction works, and they are unaware of potential relapse triggers, stressors, or that recovery can include periods of relapse.

Family members can benefit from education about addiction in general and about the specific challenges in recovery faced by alcoholics or opiate users.

Other skills that can benefit family members and your recovery include:

Outpatient treatment programs that include a family therapy and education component are a critical part of the rehab and recovery process.

Family Members Can Eliminate Substances, Triggers and Stressors

Inpatient treatment programs eliminate any access to the addictive substance, which removes the issue of access during the duration of treatment. If you're completing an outpatient treatment program, you don't want to be exposed to the substance at home or enter situations where you'll find easy access.

Family members can eliminate the addictive substance in their homes. They can also help develop substance-free activities that support sober lifestyles. Examples of substance-free activities include:

Family Members Can Exercise Self-Care for an Overall Healthy Sober Lifestyle

Family members need to take care of themselves first in order to help support recovery. Substance use disorders affect the entire family, not just the person who is using opioids or alcohol.

Support groups for family members can use a 12-step framework, like Nar-Anon (for family members of individuals using narcotics, including opioids), and Al-Anon (for family members of alcoholics).

ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics) provides a 12-step program for adult children of alcoholics, co-dependents and other parents with addiction issues. The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offers local support groups for families impacted by mental health issues, including addiction disorders and co-occurring disorders.

The most important concept for family members of people with substance use disorders could be to understand that they can support recovery best by supporting their own education, health and well-being. Whether you're seeking recovery from opioids or alcohol or another substance, or you're a family member with a loved one who has a substance use disorder, contact us to book an appointment online.

Post Excerpt ( characters / words) Family members of people with opioid use disorders or alcohol use disorders can support their loved one's recovery through education, including learning how they can support recovery and by accessing support groups for themselves.

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