What’s Next: How Families Can Encourage a Loved One’s Sobriety Post-Rehab
What a lot of people do not understand about drug and alcohol addiction and about drug and alcohol addiction recovery is that the types of problems that go into recovery are just as intensive and severe as the problems that go into actual, current drug abuse. That is to say that, what a lot of people do not understand about drug and alcohol addiction is that a person can abuse drugs and alcohol for years and years and struggle with it. However, when one actually does kick the habit and come out winning, that is when they may yet experience their greatest hardships yet, including coping with the families of recovering addicts.
The Families of Recovering Addicts
Substance abuse is not something to be taken lightly. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) drug and alcohol abuse is the single greatest threat to life that there is in this country. That is certainly bad news in a lot of different ways and for a lot of different reasons. What’s truly harsh about the whole thing is that, once one beats an addition problem, even that is really only half the battle, with more problems and more issues abounding from it. This is why now more so than ever parents and family members of recovering addicts need to know their place and their responsibility in supporting the recovery of their loved ones.
The families of recovering addicts need to present themselves as being the support networks for struggling addicts. They need to be able to engage recovering family members in constant and consistent support that is engaging and helpful for them. They need to be able to put themselves there as support terminals for recovering addicts, and they need to be in the space and the environment of the recovering individuals as much as possible to give them the support that they need and want.
Ultimately, what family members do or do not do can make a big difference in the overall success or longevity of a recovering addict. This is the truth of the matter. If the recovering individual is not careful, his or her recovery could go south. With proper support from his or her family members or loved ones though, this whole ordeal and crisis issue can be avoided and avoided successfully too. These are the engaging approaches that are needed all across the nation. The family members and loved ones of recovering addicts need to be there.
Making it Last for the Long Haul
Families want to see their loved ones lead happy and successful lives that actual do entail a lifetime of recovery. While this may seem tricky at times, it is a very doable prospect. Relapse rates are at all-time highs, but that does not mean that any one recovered addict will experience a relapse. To a degree it is a numbers game, but at the same time the success and the everlasting sobriety of an individual will to a greater or a lesser degree depend a lot on how they approach life after rehab.
With the help of the family members and loved ones of an individual in recovery, the odds of relapsing are cut down effectively. Relapse rates are something that does not have to be a worry or concern if the family steps in.
It doesn’t take much either from families of recovering addicts. Most people overcomplicate their roles in the life of an individual in recovery. Most people make it out to be a much bigger crisis than it actually is. Most people worry and struggle with recovery, and cannot seem to place their finger on what their role is. As a family member or loved one, all one need do is be there for the individual in recovery, and act as a support to their sobriety. One’s very presence will do wonders.