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The Importance of Family Support While Undergoing Rehab

Posted on 14. Feb, 2014 by in Sober Living

No one wants to think about the possibility that a loved one may face serious addiction issues one day, but for many families, addiction is a very sobering reality. Across the country, at least ten percent of adults over the age of 18 consider themselves either in recovery or in the process of acknowledging their addictions. Whether they are in the first stages of recovery or have been drug or alcohol free for years, the importance of family support is a key factor in the ability to remain sober.

For addicts, the process of rehabilitation and sobriety can be a daunting and painful experience. Often times they must come to terms with their drug or alcohol use, the people that they may have hurt and the damage that their addictions may have caused. During these stages, the addict may feel overwhelmed by guilt and pain as reliving those more devastating life experiences will often cause emotions to flood uncontrollably, however, this is where the importance of family support can step in to shoulder some of the burden. Those family members have also been along on this journey of pain and addiction, sharing the addict’s drug or alcohol experiences, their poor choices and the ultimate breakthrough moment when the addict acknowledges their issues.

Instead of reeling from the pain and wracked with guilt an addict can turn to family and begin the healing process, together. This is why the importance of family support is instrumental in the overall rehabilitation process. Family members have an intimate relationship with the addict. They know their trigger points, their weaknesses and most importantly, their strengths. After completing treatment, the addict will be venturing through sober and unchartered territory, a very uncomfortable and foreign place. With the support of family, they can at least find their bearings and know that someone will be there to comfort and listen.

Without support, they may be doomed to repeat their poor choices throughout their lifetime.

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