The Importance of Family Involvement in Substance Abuse Treatment and Addiction Therapy
Family members of addicts face many challenges when dealing with their loved ones. Life with an addict is full of uncertainty, anger, and fear. Loved ones suffer when they see the person losing control of their life and withdraw from family, friends, and the things they once cared about. Family members also have to deal with the lies, health scares, legal trouble, and financial struggles caused by the addiction. Substance abuse leads to a destructive cycle that causes unhealthy relationships, enabling, and psychological issues.
Family members and loved ones of addicts are often the most concerned about the individual’s wellbeing and future. It is most often family members who push the person to get treatment or make the initial phone call to find out about rehab options. The good news is family members who have their loved one’s best interest in mind and are open to the solid advice of treatment professionals can play a major role in the treatment and recovery process. From the very first scary steps of getting the person to agree to treatment, to rehab itself, to long-term relapse prevention, there are many ways loved ones can help.