Addiction recovery isn’t something done alone, at least not successfully. This is a true case of “it takes a village,” with the person struggling with the addiction, combined with family, friends, and The Recovery Village team, to make recovery a reality.
Even when substance abuse isn’t present within a family, each family is so different that it can’t be treated in the same way. Add addiction to the mix, and it becomes much, much more complicated. Family roles in addiction can be complex, and our family support team is here to help.
Understanding the addiction history of a family
At The Recovery Village we take the time to understand your family, how each person has been impacted by addiction, for how long, and what damage to relationships has occurred.
Family support is for adults as well as children. Young children may never have known life without addiction in the family, and need particular help in recreating a new relationship with the parent in recovery. This is part of why it is important to define family roles in substance abuse.
Understanding the family roles in addiction
Each family member has a particular role within a family dealing with substance abuse.
Sometimes these roles can feel helpful or necessary, when in fact they are actually supporting the addictive behavior of a loved one, and causing stress or other problems for themselves in the process. This is called codependency, a dysfunctional way of relating to others.
Codependency is an important thing to identify, in order for positive family roles in addiction to be effective. Codependency is more common than most people are aware. The Recovery Village has extensive experience in identifying and treating codependency issues.
Click here for more information about the Symptoms Of Codependency.
The vital role families play in the addiction recovery process can’t be overstated. One thing to remember is that coalescing to an addict’s desires may make things easier in the short term, but not the long term. Be conscious of what enablement is and strive to not enable addictive behavior.
It is important to remember how very important family members are to the recovery process. We’ll help you understand what you can do to take an active and positive role during and after treatment. Family roles in addiction can be one of the strongest supports of recovery, when actions and interactions are healthy and positive.