Tips for families living with a recovering addict

By Charlie Brown

If you have a family member who is a recovering addict, it is crucial to understand what is involved in living in such a situation in order to offer them the level of support they need. After undergoing rehabilitation treatment for drug addition, the buck is passed on to the family to be the next support structure to the recovering individual in order to prevent the chances of a relapse.

Addiction does not affect the addict only, but also their immediate family and friends. Recovery can also take a toll on the family. One is not automatically cured when they leave rehab; it is a lifelong process that requires the love and support of the entire family. If you want to make a change in the life of your loved one, you should be aware of the following:

Why the family is important in recovery

One of the most important roles of the family to the addict is getting help for them. If you see that your loved one is spiraling down the wrong path, do not hesitate to call Alpha Addiction Treatment to find out what you can do to help them. Since addiction affects the entire family, a customized treatment regimen approaches every element of the addict’s life and this includes the family.

Living with a recovering addict

The addict undergoes strict and monitored treatment in a rehab facility. In the rehab facility, they are unable to access dealers or get into situations that trigger the need to get high. However, once they leave the rehab facility, they are once more exposed to all the factors that led to their addiction in the first place. Without the right amount of help and support, it is quite easy to relapse.

  • Successfully complementing treatment at the rehab is just the first step towards regaining control over life. The consequences of addiction often follow the individual and the family for a much longer time. Some of the typical challenges after rehab that could lead to relapse include financial difficulties, relationship problems and health issues.
  • Families can help the addict overcome these challenges by getting them a financial advisor to help them get back on track with their finances. Family members can even offer financial support or give loans when they feel the addict is more secure in handling money.
  • Encouraging regular visits to the doctor and holding their hand through the process could also help addicts regain their health. There may be some lingering health problems that need treatment even after rehab.
  • Showing the addict that you are actively involved in the treatment and recovery process could also help keep them on track. Sometimes the cause of addiction could be underlying the family and attending-family based therapy can uncover these issues.
  • Becoming educated and staying involved, as a family is also crucial to keep the addict on the path to recovery. Family members should get educated on the signs of a relapse and what they can do to prevent it. This kind of training is often available in many drug and alcohol treatment facilities.

About Retire Early Lifestyle

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired two decades ago at the age of 38 and began traveling the world. As recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance and world travel, they have been interviewed about retirement issues by The Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine, The Motley Fool Rule Your Retirement newsletter, nationally syndicated radio talk shows and countless newspapers and TV shows nationally and worldwide. They wrote the popular books The Adventurer's Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible.
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