As a clinician, when first meeting a patient I am very interested to learn about their family and relationships. For some, there is no family support to speak of. They have exhausted all ties to family or their relationships may be slim to non-existent.
For others, the person in active addiction has significant relationships within their family system and people who are invested in their sobriety. In both of these cases the information is critical to building out a recovery plan.
Living With Active Addiction
Whether the sufferer is you or a family member, active addiction threatens the home environment. It can disrupt day-to-day family life, stress relationships, and put financial security at risk. Plus, there can be emotional, mental, and physical health.
When a loved one is suffering from addiction, it raises many difficult questions and feelings for their family and friends. They may find themselves struggling with painful and conflicting emotions, including:
The Path to Freedom Starts Within
Once a person has experienced a detox like the accelerated opioid detox or alcohol detox at the Coleman Network and cleansed their brain and body of substances, they can begin the healing process. Part of that process is to take inventory of their life and determine what changes are necessary to live without the use of substances. They are challenged to evaluate their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and replace them with healthy alternatives.
The family also needs to begin their healing process. It is critical that the family also acknowledge that they too need to learn and practice how to think or practice things differently.
Both the individual in recovery and the family need to start implementing change and learn to connect with each other within a new relationship.
Healthy Family Life and Healthy Recovery
Families may benefit from consultation and possibly treatment to help explore creating healthier communication, expression of feelings, and expectations. Recovery is a journey that requires exploring new options and choices. It may push people out of their comfort zones. Our hope is that everyone finds their path to recovery and new ways to explore a healthier life!
Amanda Pitts, LADC1