Addiction to drugs or alcohol can cause a lot of disruption in families. The disruption can occur even when the addicted person has received treatment and is moving in the path of recovery. The following 5 suggestions for family members dealing with a loved one new to recovery come from HBO’s Addiction website:
- Educate yourself on the recovery process for individuals and families.
- If your recovering family member is living with you, provide a sober environment to support that recovery.
- Seek professional and peer support (from a group like Al-Anon) for your own physical and emotional health. Support your family member’s involvement in treatment aftercare meetings and recovery support groups.
- Assist the recovering family member with assistance in locating sober housing, employment, child care, transportation or other recovery support needs.
- Assertively re-intervene in the face of any relapse episode.
Crossroads for Women also offers education and counseling designed specifically for friends and family members of women and men who struggle with addiction. Our next 4-week educational series, “The Effects of Addiction on Friends & Family,” starts on September 9th and still has slots open. The series explores the basics of addiction, the recovery process and how to be supportive of the loved one while also taking care of you and is held in Portland, Maine. Find out more about the series or Crossroads for Women’s services for friends and family members.