Families are vital partners for the caring and support of patients in recovery. Understanding what to expect and how to assist is beneficial at every stage of recovery and can help prevent relapse. All significant others (spouses, children, siblings, partners, and significant friends) are important and invited to participate in treatment and family services.
ASAC invites families to participate in family groups and schedule family sessions with licensed providers. Groups include lectures, videos, and small group discussions and provide the opportunity for sharing and resolving concerns. Family sessions are personalized to address the unique needs of each patient and their family.
Understanding the disease of addiction helps families stop feeling ashamed and inadequate, quit blaming themselves, and respond more effectively. Knowledge about addiction and recovery prepares families to support interventions that can help their family member acknowledge the reality of their substance abuse and begin to address the problem.
Families are encouraged to contact ASAC with questions about helping their family member access treatment. Support is also available to help families cope with substance abuse related problems even if their family member refuses to address their addiction.
Addiction causes confusion, despair, and anxiety for families as well as for addicts. Although family and friends may not be addicted themselves, their lives are greatly affected by the addictive behaviors of their loved one. Even when an addict is in recovery the consequences of addiction can continue to affect the family for a long time. Families may experience work, school, and health problems, financial and legal concerns, family conflicts, and relationship challenges. Services can help families understand and cope with problems by providing information and resources for support.
Growth can be a wonderful and longed for change but it can cause new relational problems as recovering patient go through the changes and mood swings that are part of recovery. Support can help families adapt in positive ways as recovery progresses.
Family groups provide a safe place to share experiences, information, strengths and encouragement. Anger, resentment, and hurt can be worked through more easily when families have safe places to discuss them. By understanding the specifics of chemical dependency and related issues concerned persons can better cope with the stress caused by addiction and learn techniques to support individual and family recovery.