3 Tips For Having A Recovering Addict in Your Home
With nearly 24 million Americans addicted to drugs or alcohol in any given year, it is no surprise home lives have begun to deteriorate. In many homes, living with an addict applies so much stress to the rest of the family that their bonds cannot stand the test of time. Arguments, tension and resentment take the place of happy home relationships.
For those facing the return of an addict to their home environment, steps must be taken to preserve the family. Remembering that the addict is never truly “cured” and will always be recovering, can help you prepare for permanent changes in the home environment. Included here are a few tips to aid families in living with a recovering addict.
Understand the Long-Term Problems
Being released from rehab does not typically mean an addict is “cured” and all emotional, financial and personal choices that led them to addiction are remedied. What it does mean, is that the addict is on the road to recovering and will likely need a strong support system as they assimilate back into society.
Addicts being released from a rehab program may come back to financial difficulties, broken relationships or health issues. Addiction takes a toll on every aspect of your life, and the road to repair will be difficult. Having understanding with your loved one about the uncertain future they face and the issues they must remedy can help them recover more quickly and prevent a relapse.
Supporting sobriety within the home can be critical to the success of the addict. Having a “safe place” where they are removed from temptations can allow the recovering addict more rest and peace. Create a home that is sober-minded, and steer away from alcohol or drugs in the home environment. This is beneficial for both the family and the addict in the long-term.
Find Your Own Support
Just as you have to be a constant support to the addict, you, yourself, should find personal support. Your own stress and frustration with the addict can make things worse for them and the home group, so it is better, for everyone, if you seek support as well. It is typically best if this support system is obtained outside of the immediate home environment so they provide removed perspective and refreshing insight.
Support for the families of addicts can often be found in likeminded support groups or through psychiatric aid. Also finding physical support in the form of massage or exercise will allow you an outlet to channel energy out. Mental support should be sought through counsel or meditation. With the right mindset, preparation and support system, you can help your addict on the road to recovery.