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How Can Family Influence Recovery?

family and addiction recovery

Addiction can take a toll on the individual struggling with the disease and their family and loved ones. Addiction often destroys relationships and creates tension and dysfunction within families. When addiction takes hold, it often changes the dynamic of the family unit. Roles and responsibilities may become blurred as the addicted individual becomes consumed by the disease. This can lead to feelings of resentment, anger, and frustration from other members of the family. However, it is important to understand that family can also be a key component in an individual’s recovery from addiction.

Rockland Recovery has you covered if you have been searching for Massachusetts family program options. Addiction is a disease that requires treatment like any other disease. Just as families play a role in an individual’s development and overall health, they can also play a crucial role in their recovery. We offer family programs to help clients develop a healthier, more supportive home environment and evidence-based and holistic therapies to facilitate physical, mental, and emotional healing. At Rockland Recovery, you will be treated with the utmost respect, and our staff members will be with you every step of the way. Contact us at 855.732.4842 to begin your new sober life.

Family and Addiction Recovery

Most people who struggle with addiction have some familial support system, whether immediate family members, extended family, or a chosen family of friends. This support system can play an important role in an individual’s recovery from addiction, providing stability and love during a very difficult and stressful time. It is often recommended that family members get involved in the treatment process. Whether it’s attending therapy sessions or support groups together or simply lending a sympathetic ear during the difficult journey of recovery, family members can help guide clients in recovery.

For many people, family is the first support source when they start recovering from addiction. Having someone to talk to who understands what they are going through can be incredibly helpful, and family members are often more than willing to provide this support. In some cases, family members may even have their own experience in recovery, which can provide a valuable sense of camaraderie and understanding.

In addition to emotional support, family members can provide practical assistance with housing, finances, and childcare. This help can be invaluable during early recovery when many people must focus on recovering and work to get their life back on track.

Challenges of Addiction and Family

Of course, not every family will be in a position to be this supportive of their loved ones in recovery. Substance use disorders can create a dysfunctional home environment, making the already difficult task of recovery even harder. Addiction can often cause:

  • A broken home life
  • Anger and hurt feelings between family members
  • Guilt and shame in the person in recovery
  • Resentment among the partner and children of the person in recovery
  • Confusion and blame as family members struggle to cope with the wider effects of addiction

A family program can be an effective tool to help resolve these issues, allowing clearer, more productive communication between family members and resulting in better support between the client and their family.

Contact Rockland Recovery to Learn More About Addiction Recovery and Family

The staff at Rockland Recovery has extensive experience working with the families of people in recovery. We understand that everyone’s recovery is unique and that there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Our staff members work with each client to create a treatment plan specific to their needs, taking into account the support of their family. We also offer a family program to help get clients’ family members involved in the process, setting them up for more sustainable long-term recovery. In addition, we offer a variety of programs to suit clients’ goals, including:

  • Sober living homes
  • Living skills support
  • 12-step guidance
  • Partial hospitalization programs and intensive outpatient programs
  • Substance abuse treatment programs

If you’d like to learn more about how Rockland Recovery can help you and your family, contact our admissions team at 855.732.4842.

Medical Reviewer Kate Perfetti, LADC II

Medically Reviewed by Kate Perfetti, LADC II

Kate is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor who has worked in the field of substance abuse for the last nine years. At Rockland Recovery, Kate works to provide resources to the local community and engage and progress Rockland Recovery’s alumni program.


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