You and your loved one have been through a lot together, and now you are entering a new realm – recovery. Sobriety brings a sense of relief but also fear of the unknown. What will your relationship be like now? Will sobriety last? What is your role as a someone in recovery, as a family member or as a friend? And where can you get support?
There seem to be more questions than answers sometimes. The first step is to slow down a little, take a few deep breaths, and look at what you and your loved one need for support. Recovery is a parallel process. Both you and your loved one can greatly benefit from developing strong connections that reinforce recovery.
It does take a village to support recovery. And just like there are resources of support for those recovering from addiction, there are outlets for family members too. Sharing strengths, hopes and fears can help put them all into perspective. Our best asset to combat the disease of addiction is each other. Where can family members start? Well, there are many resources available, including Al-Anon, NaAnon, Learn to Cope, and treatment centers that offer individual and family counseling or educational groups such as our Family Empowerment Workshop.
Whether it is you or your loved one who is recovering from addiction, making yourself a priority is the key to being able to keep your own sanity as well as fostering healthy relationships with your loved one. Recovery is much more than leaving the drugs or alcohol behind, it’s about changing our behaviors, developing connections, becoming vulnerable with others, and being a part of the community.