Living with a recovering addict can be difficult, especially if they are not seeking the ongoing treatment that they need. Addiction is a widespread problem, in fact “The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported that in 2009, more than 23 million people over the age of 12 were in need of treatment for alcohol or drug abuse problems.” Living with a recovering addict requires open communication and, most likely, long-term care for the addict and even their partner or family as well. Seeking long-term care for an addiction does not mean that you are weak, in fact it proves to lessen the chance of relapse. If your loved one is a recovering addict, you might benefit from individual or family therapy as well. “The National Institute on Drug Abuse states that an important part of a customized substance abuse treatment regimen is to address every element of life. This includes not only the provision of mental health and medical services but also the development of recovery support systems that are family-based.”
Living with a recovering addict means understanding that addiction is a constant struggle. An addiction can create financial difficulties, long-term health problems, and a divide amongst a family. Seeking ongoing support can help heal wounds created during an addiction. Staying involved with the addicts road to recovery is extremely important. “The family will need to learn the best ways to support the recovering individual once the treatment program has finished. Many drug and alcohol treatment facilities provide education for family members on topics such as how addiction works and how to handle stress.”
Another important factor when living with a recovering addict is to keep the home an alcohol and drug-free space. Keeping the home a place of sobriety will reinforce the importance of staying drug-free. Participating in a sober lifestyle will also show the recovering addict that you care about, and are supportive of, their sobriety.
Seeking support for yourself outside of family therapy is also helpful. Whether you choose an individual or group setting, therapy help “people cope with the emotional and physical stress that can accompany supporting an individual in recovery.” It can be helpful to discuss things such as how to reduce stress for yourself and for your family, as well as to create a non-enabling plan of action if you sense that your family member has relapsed.
While living with a recovering addict can be a stressful journey in the beginning, once you set boundaries and come up with a plan of action that works for everyone, your family can begin to heal. For more information on living with a recovering addict, or to inquire about individual, family or group therapy, get in touch with The Bergand Group. Serving Baltimore and Harford Counties, The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction recovery center.
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About The Bergand Group:
At The Bergand Group in Baltimore and Harford County, Maryland, our therapists have more than twenty years of experience in the mental health and addiction fields. Our focus is on providing comprehensive mental health care and appropriate care for addictive disorders. We offer both alcohol rehabilitation and drug rehabilitation. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance addiction, there is help available. We also offer several other services, including family therapy and counseling. We can help. Contact us today.