Disconnecting from the internet and friends is important during treatment. However, they may choose to call you for support and encouragement once you get further along. We allow our clients to make phone calls, but we also want their focus to be on their treatment and changing the direction of their life for the better.
If they do call you, remember that it is important to have positive and healthy conversation with your loved one; have a conversation that is geared towards understanding and supporting them in their struggle to overcome addiction. Try to refrain from unhealthy conversations that may put more added stress on you and your loved one during this difficult time.
Your loved one may be filled with negativity about being deprived from their drug of choice. Keep in mind that after numbing themselves with drugs and Alcohol for an extensive period of time, emotions, especially anger and irritability, should be expected. Getting involved in your loved one’s treatment is more than making yourself available for phone calls; it’s about being able to be there for your loved one, with an open heart and mind.
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Mending the Broken Bonds: Participating in Family Therapy
Family therapy is another important way to get involved— we believe in including family in the treatment of our clients. We understand that addiction affects the entire family, not just the person that is struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction. How incomplete would treatment be if we did not also include the other important loved ones in the picture?
Addiction has a ripple effect on family, and because of this, we encourage attending family therapy to help mend relationships and rebuild bridges to help overcome psychological damage caused by addiction. Family therapy offers a safe environment to work through problems and go over healthy boundaries with a professional to mediate conversations so they are productive and beneficial. A Better Today understands that having a strong family support system can help ensure long term sobriety and dedication to recovery.
Attending family therapy with your loved one sends a message that says, “I want to be involved in your recovery and I believe you can get better.” Many of the men and women who walk through our doors have mended relationships with their family that they believed were beyond repair. Show your loved one that you haven’t given up them by attending family therapy.
How You Can Help Your Loved One
One of the most pressing questions you will have when your loved one enters treatment is, “How can I help my loved one?” Family therapy is one way that you can learn how to best help your loved one during their treatment. Not only can family therapy mend your relationship with your loved one, but it can also help you process the effect of your loved one’s addiction on yourself. Here are a few of the problems you might work through during treatment.
First, you will learn information of substance abuse as a disease. You will also learn its emotional effects and its negative consequences. Next, you might learn about the addiction recovery process and how to support your loved one. You may also learn about how addiction can affect the family unit, which will help you understand how to better support yourself and your family member.
Finally, you’ll come away with plenty of tools that will help you in your everyday interactions with your loved one. For example, you’ll learn how to set healthy boundaries and how to communicate more effectively. These tools will help you protect yourself and create a healthier relationship with your loved one.
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