This part of treatment is often vital to ensure a person’s recovery is successful. Relationships that have been damaged as a result of your use need to be mended so you can get the emotional support you need during this challenging part of your new life.
Often loved ones of the addict/alcoholic have changed too as a result of the change in the addicted persons character as a result of substance abuse. Loved ones will have worried about you and your health and safety, grieved the loss of the person they once knew and feel guilty for unwittingly enabling your use by “bailing you out” for the consequences you faced because of your addiction. Family often have a lot of anxiety about whether the recovering person will succeed.
Addiction becomes a family system problem. If those in recovery are changing again-even though its for the better-the family also need help changing and accepting your changes too if you are to have the best chance at success.
Therapy sessions with your family are desirable with a minimum of two sessions at the start of treatment and two to four near the end of treatment.