Family Recovery is essential in addiction. An addiction destroys families as much as it destroys the addict. This is why family recovery is so important. Living with an addict/alcoholic is heartbreaking and exhausting. Family members are torn between how to help the addict and how to avoid being sucked into the addict’s world. Once you detach and the addict or alcoholic is forced to feel their consequences, there is a very good chance that they may ask for help! In this case, call now to get them into a drug or alcohol detoxification center.
Once they get through detox, it is crucial that they get into a treatment center. Revive Detox Center is here to help! We will get your loved on into a top of the line detox, then place them into a great treatment center, and even find them a sober living house after treatment. Call now to hear your options.
Things You Can Do For the Addict
- Behave exactly as you would if your loved one had a serious illness. Addiction is a medical disease.
- Educate yourself on addiction and recovery.
- Try not to accuse or judge. Avoid name calling. This is a difficult time for both of you.
- Provide a sober environment that reduces triggers for using.
- Allow the addict time to go to meetings.
- Understand that your lives will change. At some point every addict must get sober.
- Do not enable. Do not provide excuses or cover up for the addict.
- Do not shield the addict from the consequences of their addiction. People are more likely to change if they are forced to deal with their own consequences.
- Set boundaries. Boundaries are very important in this situation. Visit our setting boundaries page to learn how.
- If you want to provide financial support, buy the goods and services the addict needs instead of giving them money that they might use to buy alcohol or drugs.
- Recognize that the addict is the same person they were before they started using. In active addiction they are not in control of their actions. Hate addiction, not the addict.
Things You Can Do For Yourself towards family recovery
- Take care of yourself.
- Avoid self-blame.
- Do not work harder than the addict. The best approach is to not do things for the addict, but instead to be an example of balance and self-care.
- Being a caretaker is not good for you or the addict.
- Ask for help. Talk to a professional. Go to a support group such as Al-Anon. (More support groups are listed below.)
- Do not argue or try to discuss things with the addict when they are under the influence.
The Three C’s of Dealing with an Addict to help you with family recovery
- You didn’t Cause the addiction.
- You can’t Control the addiction.
- You can’t Cure the addiction.
You need to re-read the three C’s. They are very important and very true!
Links for Family Recovery and Friends of Addicts
- Al-Anon for family members of alcoholics.
- Nar-anon For family members of addicts.
- Gam-anon for family members of gamblers.
- Coda for co-dependent individuals.
- Adultchildren for adult children of alcoholics and addicts.
What to expect once your loved on has decided to go to detox center for drug or alcohol rehabilitation
Revive Florida Detox Centers & Family Recovery is here for you! We will pick up your loved one at any airport if needed. We will let you know they are safe and in a good place. Once they are checked into a detoxification center, the first thing you will notice is the ability to breath easier. You will find peace in knowing they are safe. They will be able to call you from a phone at the detox facility. Within a few days, you will notice a change in your loved once personality. Once they move on to a treatment center you can expect to hear from them periodically as they are very busy healing.
Call Revive Detox Center today to hear your options to help get your family back together.