The Importance of Family Support Services

Drug and alcohol addiction is devastating to the substance abuser. Every aspect of life is negatively affected. Addiction is like a black hole that swallows up everything the addict cares about.

But the addict isn’t the only one who is threatened and hurt by drug addiction. The family is also subjected to all the swings and shifts and dangers of substance abuse.

Addiction: “The Family Disease”

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence calls addiction “the family disease.” Having an addict in the house brings everyone to a breaking point—from children to other adults to older people, and even friends who don’t live in the house. Everyone suffers.

For this reason, family support services are an essential part of addiction treatment. If the family doesn’t understand exactly what’s going on with the addict, they will have a lot of trouble sympathizing and being able to support the one going through treatment.

How Family Support Services Help

Family therapy aims to keep families together and on the same page during the extremely difficult time of substance abuse rehabilitation. If they don’t play a role in the recovery process, family members may become resentful, cold, and distant.

Family support services help to educate both the addict and the family about the nature of addiction, what negative behavior patterns to look out for, and how everyone can be supportive and responsible during this trying time.

The Safety of Family Therapy

Family therapy offers a safe, monitored place for recovering addicts and their families to explain their hurts and struggles to each other. The goal is for everyone to reach a fresh, positive perspective on what it will take to overcome the addiction together and bring peace to the household. 

Family Therapy and Lifelong Recovery

After rehabilitation, the addict is left to the care of family and friends once again. With successful family therapy, these loved ones will have the knowledge of addiction and the tools necessary for continued support of the recovering addict. To connect your loved one for the help they need, contact New England Recovery Centers in Worcester, Massachusetts.