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Social support during rehabilitation and ongoing recovery can lower the risk of relapse and improve the effectiveness of treatment. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), “While there is no one-size-fits-all solution for helping a family member who is drinking too much, using drugs, or dealing with a mental illness, research shows that family support can play a major role in helping a loved one with mental and substance use disorders.” 

Lighthouse Recovery Texas understands the importance of supporting loved ones during their recovery journey. We encourage clients to involve close friends and family in the recovery experience. 

How Important Is Family Support During Recovery? 

Loved ones can provide essential social support and encouragement during rehabilitation. You may not know how to talk to loved ones about your situation or feel guilt, fear, or shame about how you treated them in the past. Lighthouse Recovery Texas prioritizes healing families and supporting the engagement of family members in the recovery process. You do not have to try and repair relationship issues on your own. Our team can help you by providing therapy and other services designed to help families grow closer.  

Family support during recovery can do the following: 

  • Strengthen bonds and create a healthier family unit 
  • Improve communication and social skills 
  • Provide emotional relief and decrease stress levels 
  • Smooth the transition between rehabilitation and aftercare 

Everyone can benefit from including close friends and family in the recovery process. According to the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW), “Research demonstrates that treatment, recovery, and family well-being outcomes improve when the complex needs of each family member are met through supportive services such as parenting programs, children’s developmental and therapeutic services, and attachment-based family therapeutic services.” Our care team uses a “family first” approach to treatment that connects clients with the people in their lives who have their best interest at heart. 

How Can Loved Ones Show Their Support? 

Recovery will come with many ups and downs. The important people in your life can show their support by being there during difficult moments, actively listening, and providing encouragement. Loved ones can also show their support by doing the following: 

  • Providing transportation to and from appointments, therapy sessions, and group meetings
  • Attending individual and family therapy
  • Providing a judgment-free space where you can discuss your concerns 
  • Being patient, compassionate, and kind

Loved ones make up an essential part of most people’s support system. In addition to knowing your preferences, they often have more contact with you than the care team on a day-to-day basis, and they may notice signs of potential problems before anyone else. 

When Should Family Take a Step Back? 

Sometimes family members can get in the way of recovery despite their best intentions. Individuals struggling with substance use disorder (SUD) may need time and space to focus entirely on their treatment during rehabilitation. Family members who do not understand the process of addiction may try to help but ultimately cause issues. Clients in recovery work alongside their care team to determine how or if family members should participate in the rehabilitation process. 

Lighthouse Recovery Texas prioritizes educating our client’s loved ones on the realities of addiction and treatment. However, in some cases, our team may suggest setting boundaries that may involve temporarily cutting back on communication with certain people in your life. Some instances where we might direct people to set very clear boundaries with their friends and family include: 

  • If loved ones actively engage in substance misuse 
  • Instances where loved ones reject the idea of treatment due to personal beliefs or stigmas
  • If loved ones do not act with respect and decency 

What Types of Family Services Can Help During Recovery?

Family therapy is a valuable and popular tool for healing relationships during rehabilitation and aftercare. Other services are also available. However, individual therapy, family therapy, and self-help groups often play essential roles in early recovery. Your loved ones can support you in various ways during treatment, including: 

  • Attending self-help meetings 
  • Going to family therapy, couples counseling, or individual therapy sessions 
  • Taking educational classes or attending educational events for the loved ones of individuals with SUD 

Your family and friends have many ways they can help you through the recovery process. By participating in family therapy or other services, you can learn to communicate with them more effectively and set healthy boundaries that will reduce your risk of relapse. 

How Can You Heal and Move Forward Together? 

The friends and family members of individuals struggling with substance misuse often have their own trauma caused by witnessing the damage caused by the condition. Children and couples are especially vulnerable to developing mental health disorders and SUDs if they do not get the help they need to treat the trauma and emotional distress. Family involvement in the treatment process allows everyone a chance to heal and grow. Together you can move forward and create a healthier future.

Recovery is a lifelong process; the initial stages include detox, withdrawal, and stabilization. Family support during early recovery can significantly decrease the risk of relapse and motivate positive lifestyle changes. Many treatment programs try to limit contact with family during the initial stages of recovery. Lighthouse Recovery Texas takes a different approach. We prioritize family involvement in the treatment process. We believe that a strong support system provides essential motivation for maintaining long-term sobriety. Our care team can help you and your family navigate recovery through our personalized treatment programs and family support services. To learn more about our facility and dedicated care team, call us today at (214) 396-0259