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  • Take the First Step in Las Vegas

    Desert Hope is a beautiful oasis with modern charm located in Las Vegas, Nevada. We provide all levels of care from detox, in-patient, outpatient and sober living.

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  • A New Life Awaits

    Start your recovery at our spa-like facility in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. Holistic therapies, chef-prepared meals, and LGBTQ+ support are among the many features of our premier drug and alcohol treatment program.

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  • The Best Place to Recover in Orange County

    Laguna Treatment Hospital is located in Orange County, CA. The first Chemical Dependency Recovery Hospital in the OC, we offer safe medical detox, mental health support, and wellness programs.

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  • Start Recovery at Our Southern Resort

    Take a step back from your life and get the help you need at our premier drug and alcohol addiction center. Nestled in the countryside 1.5 hours from Memphis, Oxford gives you the support you need in a calm and beautiful setting.

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  • Recovery Forecast includes Tropical Weather

    Your recovery can start at either of two premier drug and alcohol treatment facilities in the Greater Miami area - Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood, FL. Our specialties include treatment for veterans and first responders.

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  • Sunny Florida Welcomes You

    Retreat to the sunny climate of Tampa, Florida for a stay at the standard of treatment facilities in Tampa, FL. We offer customized care plans to help you on your recovery journey.

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  • Helping New Englanders Find Recovery for Over 30 years

    Escape to the countryside to recovery in New Jersey’s premier drug rehab & treatment center. Located only an hour from New York City.

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Resources for Families and Loved Ones

Consoling loved one

The wounds created by substance abuse are felt not only be the addicted individual but by the circle of people who love them. Those witness to the consequences of their loved one’s substance use may be in for years-long suffering, fear, and shame. They may themselves suffer financial hardships or become entangled in legal issues related to their loved one’s compulsive drug use. The addiction can impact every interaction between the individual and their family members and close friends, even if it is rarely discussed outright.

Family members and other loved ones of a person struggling with a substance use disorder may be at a loss for how to begin the conversation about getting help. Our family resource guides provided here can provide information on talking to a loved one productively and arranging treatment.

Family Guides

In the guides above, you can find general information on addiction, as well as information on:

  • Intervening when your child is using substances.
  • Beginning a conversation about treatment with your loved one.
  • Creating clear expectations and consequences.
  • What to think about when you’re choosing a treatment program.
  • What to know about your loved one’s time in treatment.
  • How family therapy works.
  • The role that family plays in recovery.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “family and friends can play critical roles in motivating individuals with drug problems to enter and stay in treatment.”1 This does not mean that someone else’s addiction is your responsibility, but it does mean that you can support your loved one and talk to them periodically about considering treatment or at least seeing a doctor. It also means that at the point that your family member does agree to enter treatment, your involvement in their recovery can be very beneficial.

Being involved in your loved one’s recovery can take many forms, including:

  • Approaching them honestly about the need for treatment and helping them to find recovery resources.
  • Visiting them in rehab and showing encouragement for the steps they’re taking to get help.
  • Participating in family therapy with your loved one.
  • Reading your loved one’s aftercare and relapse prevention plans and helping them take the steps that are outlined, such as attending regular meetings.

Addiction is a family disease, but the family can also be a huge part of recovery. In fact, the role of the family is increasingly seen as a large part of an individual’s recovery, and work on the family has become a main theme of many treatment approaches.2 While you are not the cause of your loved one’s addiction and you certainly can’t cure it, you can be an integral part of your loved one’s efforts to get and stay sober.

References:

  1. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018). Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition).
  2. Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. Substance Abuse Treatment and Family Therapy. Rockville (MD): Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (US); 2004. (Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series, No. 39.) Chapter 1 Substance Abuse Treatment and Family Therapy.
About The Contributor
Dr. Thomas received his medical degree from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. During his medical studies, Dr. Thomas saw firsthand the multitude of lives impacted by struggles with substance abuse and addiction, motivating... Read More