When we find out that a friend or loved one is in the grips of addiction or substance abuse, the way we respond will very often be a matter of our values, how we were raised and our commitment to our relationships. This is not to say that we don’t love our addicted friend or family member even if we don’t have the stomach to step in and actively help; it just means that each and every one of us has to determine how much of ourselves we want to give to our loved one’s recovery, a process that can be decidedly long and come with its share of setbacks.
We can hardly be blamed if we choose to distance ourselves from a friend or family member when they’re battling addiction. Most of us have our own careers, families and lives to which we must attend and find ourselves unable to give extraneous energy to such a difficult battle. It is important to remember, however, that a solid and reliable support network is one of the primary elements that separate relapse from sustained sobriety. Those in recovery quickly understand how important it is to have people in their corner who truly care about them and how indispensable their family is in their long-term sobriety.
A quality treatment facility will help patients’ family and loved ones better understand the recovery process so they’re better equipped to comprehend their role in the process and what they can do to create and maintain harmony in their homes. If we extract ourselves from our addicted loved ones’ lives without warning, we may be depriving them of a viable and much-needed support mechanism on which they’re depending as they travel further along their road to lasting recovery. We have more power than we think in helping our loved ones get better.