Every day is a struggle for a person who is addicted, and it is a daily struggle for loved ones. Addiction is a family disease. It affects everyone in the family. Drug-seeking behavior destroys relationships and brings heartache to loved ones.
When a loved one has an addiction, the family experiences a wide range of emotions, such as helplessness, hopelessness, and anxiety. Addiction causes mental and emotional trauma. Family therapy is a crucial component of addiction recovery. Everyone needs to heal.
The person suffering from addiction starts the recovery process by going to treatment, but the family also needs help with recovery. It is not easy to understand what addiction does to a person or why it is so difficult to stop the addictive behavior. Family therapy sessions start the healing process for family members and loved ones.
All family members need to be honest with each other. Trust is compromised if anyone lies or hides anything from the rest of the family. It helps to have meaningful conversations so everyone can begin the healing process. Concerns, issues, or conflicts need to be addressed to the therapist or counselor.
In therapy, family members will learn:
- They are not the cause of their loved one’s addictive behaviors
- They are not responsible for their loved one’s addiction
- There is no cure for addiction
During the healing process, family members will learn about addiction and what causes it. A family therapist or individual counselor can guide family on the best way to talk to their loved one. Family members should never shame, guilt, or demean their loved one’s addictive behavior.
Speaking negatively reinforces feelings of worthlessness, helplessness, and self-destruction. This can cause a loved one to continue drug or alcohol use to numb the way they feel. Positive, encouraging, and supportive conversation will help the recovery process for everyone. A family and their loved one should take as much time as they need to heal.
Everyone afflicted by addiction can heal, but it takes time. Consistency, patience, and forgiveness, will strengthen broken relationships. Do not wait, get help today.
If you or a loved one struggle with addiction, get help now. Nexus Recovery Services specializes in addiction treatment and encompasses holistic therapy for the mind, body, and soul with a focus on staying active and connected to nature. Our mission is to provide tools and support for every client’s seamless transition into a meaningful and fulfilling life of sobriety. We offer a free and confidential consultation. Call us to get started: 888-855-6877