How To Help Families Of Those Struggling With Addiction
When we think of addiction, we often think of the individual and his or her struggle with it, often forgetting that families are affected just as much as the person with the addiction. Families need support before, during and after treatment to understand how best to care for their loved one as well as themselves.
Below are some recommendations for how best to support families who have a loved one struggling with addiction.
Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.
Most of us are aware that a supportive community is imperative to success in treatment for those struggling with addiction, but families need a community of their own to help them navigate the addiction journey as well.
A good place to start for those looking for community is both Nar-Anon and Al-Anon. Both of these support groups allow you to search for meetings in your area in order to meet up with a support group of peers dealing with similar issues.
It can be difficult and stressful navigating the waters of addiction for families dealing with it for the first time as well as those who have dealt with it before. It can feel very lonely and isolating figuring out where to start, or what to do when a loved when needs treatment or has relapsed after treatment.
Luckily, there is a plethora of resources out there to help provide support during all phases of the addiction journey. Your local library is a good place to start and websites such as Partnership for Drug-Free Kids as well as The 20 Minute Guide can help educate and arm families with much-needed information and direction.
A critical component in the addiction cycle that is often forgotten is self-care for families. Families are often so consumed with helping their addicted loved one that they forget to take care of themselves. A good way to take time out to recenter oneself is through meditation. There’s a wonderful app/website called Calm that can help those get started who are new to meditation.
Taking a walk with a friend, relaxing in an epsom salt bath, and even something as simple as taking the time to prepare (or get take out!) and eat a favorite meal can often improve mood. Staying healthy in mind and body is so important during this journey.
How CaredFor Can Help
Families are looking for ways to connect with each other to share stories, tips, strategies and successes. CaredFor provides that platform for peer support & community, resources, and more to better empower families of those struggling with addiction.
CaredFor is an invite-only, white-label app that helps you engage not only families, but patients and alumni as well with personalized content, discussions, and calls-to-action to help promote community and support recovery.
Interested in learning more about how to better support your families, patients and alumni?
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