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Family Support: Helping a Loved One in Treatment

Recovery Centers of America

Authored by Recovery Centers of America

Addiction has far-reaching impacts beyond just the individual struggling with substance use. Addiction impacts family, in its traditional and chosen forms. If you’re a family member of someone in addiction treatment, learning how to support your loved one during this time is not just a powerful act of love—it’s an essential tool in their recovery.  

At Recovery Centers of America (RCA), we believe that family support is a crucial pillar in your loved one’s treatment journey, and we are here to help you every step of the way. Our family services and resources are designed to educate, empower, and support families as they navigate their loved one’s recovery.  

Families Can Offer Support by Learning About Addiction and Recovery 

Families often struggle with understanding what their loved ones are going through both during their addiction and in recovery. It can be even harder for those who have never experienced addiction themselves to comprehend the changes and obstacles that come with substance use disorder.  

Learning about addiction and recovery is a key component of being able to support your loved one effectively. RCA hosts webinars, events, and has additional educational resources to help you along your journey while you support theirs.  

Learning about addiction can break down misconceptions, reduce stigma, and foster a sense of empathy and compassion within families. It can also provide practical information on how to create healthy boundaries, communicate effectively, and support your loved one’s long-term recovery. 

Communication with Your Loved One in Treatment 

Talking with your loved one while they’re in addiction treatment is often a part of their treatment plan, but there can be a waiting period at first. At Recovery Centers of America, we have a five-day stabilization period for patients. During this time, patients will not be able to have any interaction with outside contacts, including family. This period is crucial for allowing the patient to focus solely on their recovery without any external distractions or triggers. 

However, we understand it is important for family members to be able to hear from their loved ones. After the stabilization period, phone calls and visits can be coordinated between you and your loved one’s primary therapist.  

Family Therapy: Active Involvement in Treatment 

A few of the opportunities Recovery Centers of America offers for family to support their loved ones in treatment include: 

  • Weekly family services  
  • Family orientation group  
  • Family community seminars and meetings like Al-Anon or Adult Children of Alcoholics & Dysfunctional Families 
  • Receiving regular updates on treatment plans 
  • Intensive case management  
  • Continuing family or couples counseling  

While family therapy is not a requirement for treatment, it’s highly encouraged as it can improve the chances of long-term recovery for your loved one. Every member of the family can benefit from therapy, and it can help create a stronger support system for your loved one. 

Reach Out to Recovery Centers of America Today 

Family support is one of the most influential factors in your loved one’s recovery. Recovery Centers of America is dedicated to providing you with the tools and knowledge to be the best supporter you can be. Remember that your role is a vital one, and the effort you put into understanding, communicating, and supporting your loved one during treatment can make all the difference. 

Let’s navigate this journey together, with love and support at its core. If you need more guidance or are ready to support your loved one in starting treatment, reach out to Recovery Centers of America by calling 1-800-RECOVERY or by contacting us online.  

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