Supporting Someone in Addiction Recovery and Caring for Yourself
Are you someone who is helping an individual through addiction recovery? If so, we all know that this responsibility is on you, only because of the love you have for the individual. Like many other caregivers, you are the one who plays a major role in helping your loved one getting the treatment he or she needs. There are many times that you experience heartache and distress, while relentlessly looking for different rehab programs and trying to find a way to pay for the treatment. It is not uncommon with all that is going on and all that consumes your day, you often forget about your own well being. Although unconditional love, sleepless nights and treatment funding expresses your hope, love, and concern for the individual struggling with addiction, forgetting to protect your health, your own space and foster the relationship with others in the family can add to the stress and cause burn out. So, it is important for you the “caregiver” to find support and create an action plan to take care of your health and sanity and the sanity of the rest of your family. Support for families of individuals who are suffering from addiction comes in many forms. Implementing and executing the tips below can be helpful in creating the needed support mechanism for family members during this difficult time.
Getting Educated on the Complexities of the Disease of Addiction
Getting educated on the complexities of the disease of addiction should be the first step on the list. It will not only help shed a light on how addiction actually impacts your loved one’s reality, but it will also prepare you for the potential pitfalls ahead, such as relapse.
Getting Connected with Others
Families of individuals who are struggling with addiction must remember that they are not alone. Don’t be ashamed and isolate yourself, you are not alone. Nearly 21 million Americans struggle with substance addictions. Make a point to get connected with other families of individuals who are struggling with addiction, through resources such as Al-Anon and Nar-Anon Family Groups. Meetings can really help. By going to a meeting and listening to other family members your feelings of isolation and wonder may fade, and you may get the skills needed to manage the personal problems you are facing.
Caring for your Wellbeing
Anyone who has not experienced the disease of addiction firsthand cannot understand the many trials that a family dealing with this disease has to go through. For those who are helping a loved one in the midst of his or her battle with addiction, understand the fact that by taking care of yourself you will be better equipped to help your loved one by focusing on the work of recovery ahead.
Finding ways to practice self-care is critical for your loved one’s recovery process. Managing expectations is easier if everyone is able to take care of himself or herself on the journey to recovery. This means finding ways to process the experience. This might be through meditation, yoga, art and music—whatever serves you and your cause the best at the moment. The key is to not to let the addiction disrupt the lives of the rest of the family members.
Attending Family Therapy
Most addiction treatment programs offer some type of family therapy. Although it may be difficult to maintain a close relationship with a loved one with addiction problems, if your loved one is seeking treatment and is willing to have family therapy, this is the time to give the relationship a chance and start anew. Family Therapy offers hope and healing in a neutral space. It is a healthy way to support your loved one and at the same time find closeness again as a family.
You and other members of your family can do a lot to find support and help someone in recovery. It is not just about helping the individual in recovery, but about finding a way to “travel” together into the future with your recovering loved one.
If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, please call Florida Center for Recovery (FCR), in the business of healing since 2002, for a free consultation. Our specialized inpatient rehab programs may well be just that right fit you are looking for. We offer an array of specialized therapies including Trauma Treatment through Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT), a specialized treatment that often shows positive healing in just one session, and Chronic Relapse Program. For a complete list of programs, please click on the link below to view our online brochure.
To explore addiction treatment options, call us toll-free at (800) 851-3291. With almost two decades of experience providing addiction treatment and mental health services through our inpatient rehab programs, we are confident that we will meet your individual treatment needs. It’s not just about recovering from the addiction. It’s about discovering a new sense of self and health.
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Dr. Balta is the Medical Director at FCR for more than 10 years. Dr. Balta is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, Certified Psychoanalyst. As well, as having Psychiatric Training at The Albert Einstein School of Medicine Psychiatric Residency Program In New York City and Psychoanalytic Training at The William Alanson White Institute in New York City. While working in New York City, gained funding Grants for the treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders from SAMHSA , HRSA and the City of New York.