LIVING WITH A RECOVERING ADDICT
- June 14, 2018
Addiction has an effect not just on the addict, but on everyone involved in that person’s life. Recovery is a long-term process. It isn’t something that happens overnight. If you are living with someone who is recovering from an addiction, it is important to know what to expect so that you can give them the support that they need. Ongoing support and encouragement are necessary in order for someone to live a healthy, substance-free life.
Environment a critical part of recovery. The patient needs a substance-free home. It is important that you are also abstaining from substance use. It will feel tempting for someone in recovery to have substances surrounding them at home and in social settings. It is important to help your loved one avoid triggering situations and provide them with a positive environment that is conducive to a sober life.
Take the step to get educated. Learn what your loved one is going through during treatment and what you can do to help. There are many resources available for those with a recovering addict in their lives. Taking a part in your loved one’s recovery process by taking advantage of family education programs is one of the best ways that you can give your support.
Know what challenges may arise and have a long-term plan of what to do when these challenges arise. Some difficulties that you may face include:
- cost of treatment
- the possibility of relapse
- the strain on your relationship
The cost will vary depending on the type of treatment. Health insurance may cover part, or sometimes all, of the cost of treatment. If you don’t have health insurance, or if your insurance doesn’t cover the necessary treatment, there are other ways to receive financial assistance.
Relapse is always a possibility for someone trying to recover from an addiction. It is essential that you and your loved one are aware of this and are doing everything possible to prevent this from happening. Learn the warning signs that may indicate that your loved one is or is thinking about using again. If this is the case, talk to your loved one and express your concern. Encourage them to reach out and get the help that they need. That said, relapse does not mean failure. It does not mean that the treatment isn’t working and that your loved one will never live a sober life. Relapse is a step back, but your loved one can overcome this obstacle and gain the strength to live a substance-free life
Living with someone who is recovering from an addiction that at some point will put a strain on your relationship. Addiction is tricky to overcome and adds a lot of tension into someone’s life. This tension can carry over into their relationships. Not knowing how to deal with substance abuse can weaken and ultimately destroy the bonds between people. Family therapy is an option that can prove very beneficial in maintaining a strong relationship through recovery.
Remember that you need to take care of your own needs as well. Supporting someone in recovery is draining physically, mentally, and emotionally. Support groups offer the information and guidance necessary to help you in supporting your loved one.
Asana Recovery is available anytime you need us. We specialize in medically supervised detox programs and have residential treatment programs as well. Contact us today to speak with our admission counselors to discuss your options for treatment.