During an inpatient rehab stay, maintaining relationships with family and friends can be difficult. In most cases, by the time someone has entered professional treatment, his or her addiction has already damaged trust and severed ties between the addict and their loved ones. Part of long-term recovery is repairing those broken relationships and establishing a healthy family environment for your continued sobriety after inpatient care. Here are a few ways to begin rebuilding your support system while in addiction treatment.
Rebuilding Trust in Addiction Recovery
Trust is a vital component in any relationship. Sadly, addiction often breaks a family’s trust as many individuals struggling with substance abuse hide behind lies to keep their loved ones from knowing the truth. Once trust is broken, it can be very hard to rebuild.
Participating in family addiction counseling plays a key role in facilitating honest communication between addicts and their loved ones. Family-based addiction therapy provides a safe environment for individuals to be honest with each other about their situation and begin establishing a new foundation of trust.
While it can be painful to tell your loved ones that you struggle with an addiction, involving them in your recovery process can significantly reduce the risk and occurrence of relapse.
Some programs allow families to visit for a few days, or maybe just for a couple of hours. Take advantage of this opportunity to truly engage with your family. Be present in the moments they are visiting.
Just as it’s necessary to be open and honest with your loved ones about your addiction and recovery process, it’s important to allow family members the opportunity to share their pain, frustration, worries, and questions. Remember that addiction takes a toll on everyone close to you.
Allow your children, spouse, parents, and/or siblings to open up about how your addiction has affected their lives, even if they are holding onto feelings of animosity toward you. Opening the lines of communication with family members while you are still in the structured environment of an addiction treatment program will help establish the groundwork for a healthy support system that contributes to your long-term sobriety after rehab.
Depending on the severity of your drug or alcohol addiction, and what type of recovery program you are enrolled in, it may be a few weeks or months before you’re reunited with your family. Sending hand-written letters can be a good way to maintain a personal connection with loved ones while allowing the necessary physical distance to remain during inpatient treatment.
If your relationships are suffering as a result of addiction and you’d like to start rebuilding trust and fostering healthy communication with the people you love, The Shores Treatment and Recovery provides an extensive family care program with multiple options for family recovery and family addiction counseling.
We’d be happy to answer any questions you might have about our family treatment options.