When a family is being affected by drug or alcohol abuse, don’t give up hope. It is statistically proven that when family comes together, the outcome for positive change dramatically increases.
Addiction is a family disease, if you are reading this, you have most likely heard this before.
There are many parts to the family role in addiction and recovery of practically all addicts.
Regardless if drugs and alcohol are present in the families lives, family still plays a very important role. When a loved one enters recovery treatment, the entire family must be focused on their recovery as well.
It is important to remember how very important family members are to the recovery process.
Grace will help families understand what role can be taken to be an active and positive role during and after treatment. When actions and interactions are healthy and positive, family roles in addiction can be one of the strongest supports of recovery.
Whether an addicted parent where the role of caretaker falls on the children or an addicted child and parents are over-producing for the under-producing child, the entire family must embrace recovery if anyone is going to recover. The same goes if the family member is a spouse of the addict. The spouse takes on all of the responsibilities while the addict continues abusing their substance of choice. Total recovery is 100% contingent on family recovery.
The family role in addiction is much more significant than any family member wants to admit, at times. Family members think they can help their addicted loved one because they lack appropriate education about addiction and the effects of it. They want to help the addicted loved one, but often times it ends up enabling.
Grace Recovery ATX’s Recovery Coaches work with the families for 1 hour per week to provide education, guidance and resources to appropriately support their loved one. Grace Coaches will work to outline appropriate boundaries around worry, independence, finances, when to help and when not to help, and connect families to appropriate resources so they can be active in their own recovery as well.
Grace Coaches take the time to understand individual families, how each person has been impacted by addiction, for how long, and what damage to relationships has occurred.
Sometimes family roles can feel helpful or necessary, when in fact they are actually supporting the addictive behavior, and causing more stress and problems for everyone involved, including themselves. Grace Coaches will help identify weaknesses in the system and connect the family to the appropriate resources.
Grace Recovery ATX is committed to creating a recovery process that is educational and graceful for all involved. Family will receive weekly check-in phone calls from member’s personal Recovery Manager. The Recovery Manager will take the time to educate the family on issues like “enabling” and how to react to situations that may arise. The family will also be filled in on progress throughout the program.