Involving Family in Recovery
All relationships romantic and platonic have their ups and downs, but family bonds are hard to break.
Your substance abuse problem may have caused a rift in your family, but now that you are sober, things may be able to change.
The Benefits of Family Support in Addiction Recovery
Because support is such an important part of the recovery journey, family involvement in addiction recovery can actually increase your chances of success. When you have your loved ones going through the ups and downs of recovery, it can help you feel like you are not alone and prevent you from turning to drugs or alcohol when times get tough. Having your family partake in your addiction recovery journey can also keep you honest and on track so you don’t get complacent.
Involving family in addiction recovery not only gives you more support in sobriety, but also it can help you start to fix these broken relationships. Addiction may be hard for your family to understand, but the more involved they become in your recovery, the more they will learn about addiction and the recovery process. When they have a better understanding of what you have been going through, they may more easily forgive you and it could help you reconnect more easily.
How to Get Your Family Involved with Addiction Recovery
Involving family in recovery has many benefits, but taking these first steps together can be hard. Our Christian residential treatment center
has some ideas to kickstart the process so that you and your family can heal together.
Go to Therapy
Involving your family in recovery isn’t easy when your relationship with them is in shambles. Especially if your relationship was severely damaged by your addiction, you may want professional help. Mending a broken relationship takes time and therapy is one way to facilitate this process. You could go to a group session with a few family members at once or attend therapy with just one member. Either way, the therapist will be able to help you and your loved one talk more openly and honestly without hurting each other more.
Along with partaking in various faith-based addiction therapies in rehab
, you were also likely taught the importance of developing a healthy lifestyle in recovery. Now that you are on your own, sticking to this schedule can be more difficult, but getting your family involved could help. Make an exercise plan, cook healthy meals together, and try to follow a good sleep routine. Not only can you both keep each other accountable when you do these activities together, but you will also both reap the benefits.
Attend Recovery Meetings
One of the easiest ways of involving your family in recovery is having them attend recovery meetings with you. You should be going to recovery meetings regularly on your own, but they may be intimidating, especially at first. Ask a family member to join you for support. This can help them learn more about addiction as well as give you something to do together. With them by your side, you may also feel more comfortable sharing with the group and be able to experience more benefits from the meetings.
Faith is a source of strength for many people in recovery and especially if you went to religious addiction treatment
, faith is probably a large part of your life. Ask your family to attend church, church groups, or Bible Studies with you. Pray when you sit down for dinner or even read scripture from The Bible aloud together. Not everyone in your family may have as strong of faith as you, so be careful not to force it on them and start slowly.
Your addiction probably put a lot of stress on your family and your loved ones may have spent countless hours worrying over you or feeling depressed. You may have become withdrawn from them or opted out of family gatherings as well. Now that you are in recovery and mostly back to being yourself, go have some fun together. After such an emotional rollercoaster, your family could use a little joy. Take the initiative to plan activities that everyone can enjoy such as mini golf, bowling, going to the arcade, or playing boardgames. This can help your family see that you changed while also helping you all bond.
At Faith in Recovery, we take a spiritual approach to treatment that allows our patients to not only overcome their addictions but also to strengthen their relationship with God. If you or a family member is battling a substance abuse problem, you are not alone. Get help today at 888-280-7463.