Read as much as possible about addiction – knowledge, and education is always important and there is a wealth of knowledge available talking about substance abuse. Every day the family should research addiction, speak to experts in the field, and learn more about substance abuse and how it affects people and families. Having this information can help boost a family’s sense of hope and education can help families avoid the blame game. Newman Interventions can provide families with extensive educational resources to help them understand what is happening and learn more about addiction and intervention.
Family therapy is important – being able to talk to someone else about the problems created because of the addiction does relieve stress. There are also underlying issues with most families, such as old arguments and unresolved issues. Family therapy also helps families regain trust and learn how to effectively communicate with one another. Therapy sessions can take time, but they are beneficial and do help bring families closer together.
Manage expectations and work with the interventionist – when your loved one enters treatment the family will then embark on their own healing. This is often done with the guidance of the interventionist, as they will be there to provide advice and help to the family while the addict is in treatment. It will take time for things to change, and nothing will happen overnight, so it is important for the family to be prepared and work through it one day at a time. The key is to focus on the work part of recovery, which is important when they finish treatment. People in early recovery make mistakes and they may not yet be their full ideal selves. It is important to remain supportive and do not expect everything to happen right away.
Educate and Advocate
Take part in spreading awareness about drug abuse, volunteer at meetings, become involved with community coalitions, because there are always other families going through similar experiences. There is often a lot of false information about addiction and what it is, and people lose hope every day. Being able to talk about addiction and educate other families about it does help the healing process. There was someone there who was willing to help your family, and it is only right to return the favor.