Why Family Members Should Participate In Treatment
Most family members see the individual as the one with “the problem”, but can’t see how the addiction has affected them as well. The complexities of addiction are hard for the majority of people to understand about behavioral health, especially since there’s still a societal judgement about the disease.
However, family members could benefit from education about addiction and improving life skills such as:
- Setting healthy boundaries
- Effective communication
- Rebuilding relationships
- Goal setting
Family members are encouraged to participate in the detox program alongside their loved one, but many are resistant. Often, there are negative feelings, resentment or anger toward the addicted loved one that’s hard for the family member to resolve on their own.
If you have a loved one who’s an addict, it’s likely that you’ve been hurt, lied to, or stolen from. It’s important to work on resolving issues related to the addiction if you really want your relationship with your loved one to improve.
Participating in treatment is a great way to become educated on both addiction and recovery. It’s a way to show support for your loved one, and that you have an interest in their mental health support, recovery and well-being as a whole.