There is no denying that addiction has the ability to tear families apart and break them down. Active addiction can be stressful on everyone, from the person struggling with a substance use disorder to their spouse, children, relatives, and more. It is not unusual for families to try to deny, hide, or downplay the presence of addiction in an effort not to draw attention or to try to keep things somewhat normal. But eventually you can’t cover it up anymore because it takes too much of a toll.
However, while addiction can be detrimental to relationships, recovery can help to rebuild them. When someone gets the drug and alcohol treatment that they need and finally addresses the problems that exist, it can lead to healing for everyone. Family members can get support as well and together everyone can begin creating a stronger, healthier bond. From the depths of addiction also comes hope and healing. Addiction recovery can make families stronger in many ways.
Addiction recovery involves a lot of talking and problem solving; not just for the person in treatment, but for their loved ones as well. Families learn how to communicate better with one another and express their thoughts and feelings in a constructive way. They can work through challenges together instead of ignoring them and hoping they will go away or resolve on their own.
Through individual, couples, or family therapy, as well as support groups, families can change how they interact with one another. They’ll develop skills they can apply to many different situations throughout their lives. Effective communication is valuable at home, school, work, and anywhere else where you are interacting with others.
Not only does the person in recovery have to make changes, their family will too. Together you can start eating more well-balanced, nutritious meals. This ensures that everyone is getting the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients their body needs. Spend time with children teaching them to cook and trying out new recipes. Get them involved in making healthier food choices.
Exercise is not only an essential part of addiction recovery, but also of a healthier lifestyle. Start a new tradition of going for a walk or bike ride together as a family after dinner. Kick around a soccer ball in the backyard or toss a football or baseball. Run after your kids in the park or playground and create wonderful memories together while staying active. Engaging your kids in an active lifestyle from the time they are young can carry over into their adult lives.
Bringing Everyone Together
Going to an executive rehab program is a commitment. You’re gone for more than just a day or two. This means that the whole family must come together and support one another. Everyone in the family can learn to take on different roles and responsibilities and hold themselves accountable. It can make family members realize how much work goes into each day to keep things running and that they should appreciate each person’s efforts.
The same goes for when you return. Things can’t go back to being exactly the same as before you left. Routines will have to change. Responsibilities change. Roles change. Everyone must work together to understand how they fit in and what part they play. Redefining these roles can take some getting used to. But as everyone becomes more accountable for themselves, it can help to build trust. Trust is easily broken but takes much longer to rebuild. With improved communication and accountability, it can happen. You can show how much you have changed instead of just saying you have.
No family is perfect. Everyone needs help now and then. In addiction recovery, everyone can benefit from support groups. There are groups for those who struggled with addiction, as well as ones for spouses, friends, and children. In addition, individual, group, or family therapies are also options. No one should feel as though they are alone. Everyone should have a network of support and people that they know they can turn to. Recovery also brings families closer together as far as supporting one another and not taking things for granted.
Going through addiction as a family makes everyone more aware of the significance of the issue. You can work together to advocate for more support, funding, prevention, and awareness. Sharing your stories can give others the confidence and courage they need to speak up or get help. You never know when your story will touch someone’s life and who will connect with what you’re saying. Your family will share a common bond of wanting to prevent others from going through the same thing and wanting to support those who are or have been in the same position. Your family can help to educate others about the truth about addiction and recovery and clear up misconceptions.
Addiction is something that no family wants to go through, but recovery can help you to come out stronger in the end. It can be the start of a new chapter and a brighter future. If you or your loved one is struggling with addiction, Chapters Capistrano is here to help. With comprehensive, customized treatment plans, you can enhance your physical, mental, emotional, and social health as you overcome addiction. There are family programs available to support everyone’s needs and healing. Contact Chapters Capistrano at 949-371-4198 to get started today.