People struggling to break free of the disease of addiction often feel as if they are facing their challenges alone. However, substance abuse – and recovery – affect friends and families just as much as the individual who has decided to seek treatment. That’s why family support plays such a vital role in addiction recovery.

As a family member, spouse or close friend of someone undergoing recovery, you are integral to the success of your loved one’s treatment journey. Though entering a treatment program is an important first step to achieving long-term recovery, it isn’t the only step. Achieving freedom from the burdens of substance dependency is a lifelong journey that requires love, support and understanding.

What Does Family Support Entail?

If you are a family member, friend or spouse, your supporting role can be crucial to helping your loved one focus on regaining their full physical and mental health. Especially in the early stages of recovery, family support will require a commitment on your part.

It’s essential for you to accept that you and your loved one may face hardships because of their addiction, and develop a plan for productively dealing with challenges such as:

  • Recovering from debt or other financial issues
  • Gaining or regaining stable employment
  • Ongoing physical and mental health struggles
  • Repairing relationships and trust

Staying Caring and Involved

Addiction is a chronic, progressive disease, and there is no “quick-fix” solution. While your loved one may have successfully completed a program of inpatient or outpatient treatment, healing from addiction will continue well after they come home because the consequences of substance abuse are so far-reaching.

It’s crucial to remember it may be necessary for your entire family to commit to specific lifestyle changes after your loved one returns home. This often means family members agreeing to maintain a drug- and alcohol-free home environment. Creating a healthy, sober and stable atmosphere at home will reduce the chances of a relapse, especially during the early days of recovery.

Recovering addicts can feel especially isolated, but having understanding and encouragement from close friends and family can lay the foundation for continued success in sobriety. Achieving long-term recovery requires wholehearted family support.

Seeking Family Healing With Guardian Recovery Network

Because we understand the role family support plays in successful recovery from substance dependency, Guardian Recovery Network offers intensive workshops to help family members heal wounds and prepare for helping their loved one through the sobriety journey. Contact us today to speak to one of our team members.