Famiy Support Programs for Drug Addiction

Drug addiction is a disease that affects the entire family. When a member of our family suffers, we all suffer. Statistics show that the children of people who suffer from addiction are more likely to suffer from issues that will lead them into addiction as well. Families also suffer when their loved ones begin to exhibit alternate behaviors that cause them to lie, steal or otherwise manipulate family members in order to continue their drug or alcohol use and abuse. It can be very difficult to understand for both the addicted person and the family. We offer family support that is vitally needed in the rehabilitation process, which specifically focus on the recovering individuals and their families. Family members are encouraged to attend the support group with their loved one for a dynamic educational and process group that allows for open communication and mutual understanding of expectations, family systems, codependence, enabling behavior, relapse, and boundary setting. One of the first steps or responsibilities a family has is to educate themselves about the disease of addiction. Make regular sittings with our family counselors to learn about the disease (drug addiction) as it relates to human behavior and control. Once they have learned how the disease can take control, they may be in a better position to understand what their family member is going through. Certainly, the information will not excuse their loved one’s behavior, and they should refrain from using their education as a tool to enable their drug addiction; however, they may find that they can harbor more compassion and less resentment toward their family members when they know more about addiction. If the recovering addict has gone on inpatient treatment, the family can still maintain an active role in the recovery process. A few suggestions for helping in this situation might be:

As the recovering addict regains their ability to think clearly, they may be humiliated and embarrassed by their behavior. By showing support throughout the process, families can help to restore the self-confidence the recovering addict has been without for some time.

Help for families how to welcome your loved one from drug addiction treatment

When it is time for your son, spouse or other family member to return home from drug addiction treatment, you will need to be prepared. Mistakes can cause relapses and lack of preparation at home can result in stresses on the family. Be as prepared as possible.

Dealing with the change from treatment to home

Treatment is just the first step towards initiating an addict into a normal social environment.Coming home is a serious test of the success of the rehabilitation process. Therefore view home as an extension of the treatment facility environment, not freedom from it.Prepare the home beforehand by removing all temptations such as alcohol and money stashes. Treat him like a fresher who needs structure and control. Decide on a routine that blends with the rest of the family. Work out the details and write it down clearly. You can consult with the Centre to clarify this but have it ready before your loved one arrives home from drug addiction treatment. The routine starts immediately and you must STICK TO IT.

Through addiction and associated behaviours, the addict has lost his rights. Therefore:
Rights must be earned with time, based on devotion to the rules and proof that recovery is ongoing.

The Daily Routine

Include the following in the routine: Make sure the routine is balanced in all areas Be aware, During their addiction, addicts throw away all aspects of quality in life. This includes things like doing tasks poorly or incompletely. Be strict about this and demand quality in all aspects of their daily routine. For example, a badly made bed is unacceptable and must be redone

Family issues

Make sure the recovering addict knows he has the support of the family and feels free to talk about his fears and times of weakness Make sure all treatment is fair. It will be tough as in "Tough Love", but still needs to be fair. Provide all care and love that is needed - but that is all. Watch for behaviours or paraphernalia (eg secrecy, smoking equipment, needles) that suggests the use of drugs. Get acquainted with what these signs are.