While the terrible physical side effects of an addiction are felt by the addicted person alone, the emotional and social effects often have a direct impact on the lives of spouses, children and other family members.
The decision to enter a drug rehab program is rarely made alone. The support of close family and friends is often vital in helping an individual understand they are not alone in their fight.
However, the emotional anguish that many addicts’ family members go through is real. Many who have seen various aspects of their relationship suffer due to an addiction often require some type of assistance themselves, be it in finding forgiveness for their addicted family member or better understanding how to provide appropriate support.
Family support is often essential in helping an individual make a lasting change in his or her life. Even after a drug rehab program has been successfully completed, there is always a risk for relapse. Family members who are able to provide forgiveness, emotional support, and a healthy environment play a vital role in helping their loved one stay clean.
Much like the rehab process itself, the process of coming to fully forgive a family member for their actions may take time. But by providing a supportive, caring environment, both family members and recovering addicts can find the peace they seek.