Break the Chain: Addiction Recovery Ideas for Families

Published Nov 26, 2016 | Updated Feb 19, 2020

Watching countless members of the same family suffer from addition is jarring, especially when other loved ones predict that these issues are likely to come into fruition.

Watching countless members of the same family suffer from addition is jarring, especially when other loved ones predict that these issues are likely to come into fruition. When you know that your family has a cycle of addiction, recognize the need to put an end to it before you pass the struggles on to your children and other descendants.

Attend Rehab

Once you have recognized the presence of a serious issue, you should turn to professional support. Trying to overcome addition by yourself might lead you right back into your old habits as temptation can prove difficult to resist. Furthermore, you can enter a rehab program that is designed for your specific needs. For example, you might prefer faith-based treatment, or you may want to enroll in an inpatient program for a period of several months.

Contact Your Children's Schools

The role of schools in moving your children away from addiction will vary depending upon a number of factors, such as the type of school. At the least, however, you can let the schools know what is going on. If they and you both suspect, for example, that your teenagers are abusing substances, you can respond in a proactive manner. When you are speaking with a counselor or other representative from the school, you can learn about programs that are specifically made for young sufferers. Whether your kids are dealing with the repercussions of your abuse or their own addiction, professional treatment can help.

Set Goals

You want to show your family members that life still has a number of benefits to offer. Once you have finished with your treatment, for example, you may desire to pursue a lifelong dream of buying your own home or investigating RN or BSN programs to earn a degree. Setting these goals can inspire your children to do the same and show them that a fulfilling life is possible after drug addiction. You should also work with your kids to help them set their own goals.

Be Real

Hiding the negative effects of drug abuse in your life from your children might sound tempting, and shielding them to a degree can prove effective. However, if they do not fully see how negative drug abuse is, they might just feel more tempted to start dabbling in substances themselves. Letting them know how dangerous the effects are can help guide them in their own choices.

When you want to break the addiction cycle that plagues your family, recognize that making positive changes in your personal life and encouraging your loved ones are key.

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