How The Whole Family Gets Better When A Loved One Gets Treatment For Addiction Or Alcoholism
Thoughts from Chris Wright, Co-Founder, Clean & Sober Recovery Services, Inc.
I’ve learned many things after years of providing treatment to those who struggle with alcohol or other drugs. One key take-away is that families who participate in our family education have better outcomes. What do I mean by that?
- The person in treatment is more likely to experience sustained recovery and avoid relapse.
- The entire family is more likely to operate in a healthy way.
- Other family members who may also have issues with drugs or alcohol are more likely to seek treatment.
No one plans to become physically dependent on alcohol or other drugs. It usually starts very innocently as a social “lubricant” or a study aid to help students get through long nights of schoolwork. At some point, though, drugs or alcohol become essential to make it through the day, and your loved one will begin to withdraw from the family or manipulate others in order to function. The family “system” becomes as sick as the family member.
Everyone may be in denial about alcoholism or addiction (known in the medical and insurance worlds as “substance use disorder”) because no one understands what is happening, or it is too terrifying or painful to admit there seems to be a problem. We offer two family education meetings a week to help families understand the biology and dynamics of this disease, as well as their role in family recovery. Our confidential Sunday Family Meetings are open to the public. You don’t need to have a loved one in treatment to attend; you simply need to care about someone who needs treatment. CSRS can help you help your loved one and your family find recovery – call us to learn how.
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