3 Ways Loved Ones Can Help Play a Role in Addiction Recovery
When someone is recovering from addiction, they are going to be having tons of emotions as they try and take it all in. Being sober after struggling with drugs or alcohol from some time is not as refreshing as some may assume. This period can be a huge change for some and may come with some downfalls such as withdrawal symptoms. Like any rough patch in life, having friends and family there to lend support and a helping hand is always appreciated. Getting sober and more so, maintaining it, after weeks, months, and years of addiction is a big obstacle in life. With the right people by your side, it can be a whole lot easier to accomplish and hurdle over this obstacle. At Sunrise Sober Living we value community, so we know just how important it is to allow family and friends to support you on your journey. While some homes cannot guarantee that you will be able to see your supporters, we believe they should have access to you through the whole process. This is one of the aspects that make us stand out from the rest. Keep reading to learn more about three ways families can help play a role in addiction recovery for their loved ones.
1. Encourage Loved One in Treatment
Sometimes in hard situations, the easiest thing to do is to give up, however, this is usually the last thing you should do. Especially if you are getting treated for addiction. Every single day you are recovering and do not go back to your old habits is a day worth celebrating. Having family and friends who are there every step of the way can provide the encouragement and motivation needed to continue to take the next step to the next day. At first, getting help for addiction may not be what the person in recovery wants to do. They even are doing it for the sake of their family. Family can be a huge motivating factor and if the family continues to be there the person in recovery may one day wake up and feel motivated to stay sober for themselves.
2. Attending Group Therapies
Attending group therapy in treatment can be very difficult for someone who has been going to therapy for a while, let alone someone who just started. No matter how far in the process you are, some days are going to be harder than others. Having a family member attend a group therapy session with the person in recovery and give that person the courage to speak up about their experiences, furthering their recovery process. Sometimes people get nervous in these group therapy sessions; however, with a loved one by your side, you are sure to feel calmer. By attending these sessions, the family members will also have a better idea of what is going on in treatment and will thus have a better understanding of what the person in treatment is going through. Addiction treatment is one of the cases where it’s hard to understand what it’s like unless you experience it for yourself. This opportunity allows family members to grasp the situation more fully.
3. A Non-Judgment Zone
One of the hardest parts of getting help for addiction is the shame that some people may feel. Once sober, they may start to feel ashamed of their actions, embarrassed for needing to go into treatment, and as if they are a failure. These feelings although common do not need to last. With the help of loved ones providing a judge free zone the person in treatment can start to see their addiction as just a speed bump in the road, a feat they will recover from. Family and friends can help this person see that they should be proud of themselves for deciding to get help. Providing that judgment-free zone will also make the person in treatment feel as if they have someone to confide in. This is huge just in case there are ever any issues with medications, treatment, and the treatment center. It’s important to listen to this person about their experience and believe them when they are telling you of any issues.
At Sunrise Sober Living we encourage all patients in treatment to have the support of their loved ones. Recovering from addiction can be a lonely road for some, making the process of getting sober a whole lot harder than it needs to be. When you pick us as your sober home, we ensure you have access to your loved ones and that you live in our community with others who are in the same shoes as you. We believe that sobriety is a journey not to be walked alone. To learn more about our services, give us a call today or shoot us a text today at (954) 248-1818.