Help and Advice for Families of Recovering Drug Addicts

Drug addiction affects not only the addict, but also the lives of family and friends closest to them.  Some people find that once the addict has gone through a treatment facility and are in the recovery process, that they are unsure what they can do to help the recovering addict.

helping hands Help and Advice for Families of Recovering Drug AddictsIt’s important to know that during this time, while the person may no longer be addicted to drugs, they may still not be the same person they were before their addiction.  Many people find that confusing, because they expect that once the addict is clean, they’ll be ‘back to normal’.  The recovering addict is dealing with many different emotions and trying to rebuild their lives again.  They are learning to build their self esteem and self worth, and making decisions that will help keep them from relapsing.

This process is imperative to the addict’s recovery, and as a family member or loved one, your support and encouragement is important.  Many family members also find that counseling and therapy may also help them understand the addict, and also the role that they play in the recovery process.

As the family member or loved one of an addict, chances are that you’ve been hurt by their actions during their addiction.  The families and loved ones of the addict can often find themselves feeling overwhelmed or unsure how to cope with the emotions that they are feeling, and this is a perfectly natural process.

Counseling and therapy can help understand the emotions, plus allow you to heal from the pain that you suffered during the time that the addict was using drugs.  Addiction doesn’t just affect the person using the drugs, but is also affects those who love them.  Many family members find themselves concerned that the addict will slip back into their addiction, which is why programs such as Nar-Anon can be helpful.  The program is for families or loved ones of those struggling with addiction, and helps offer hope and healing.  The program can also offer insight into addiction and ways that you can help with the recovery process.

Even though you may want the addict to rejoin in the family activities, understand that it may take them a while to feel comfortable and fully able to do so.  Try to be patient, and not pressure them, but instead encourage them and let them know they are loved.

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Article by Nick Hayes

Nick Hayes is a graduate of the Narconon drug rehab program in 2005. Nick takes much enjoyment in writing, and feels there needs to be more information about drugs and alcohol provided to the people of the world. He believes nobody should have to go through an addiction.
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  1. Edward says:

    My client Silver Hill Hospital provides programs for adolescent ages 13 – 17 with Adolescent psychiatric treatment
    , substance use disorders, dual disorders and eating disorders. Adolescent patients treated at Silver Hill Hospital benefit from a high staff to patient ratio as well as both inpatient and transitional living programs that are provided in a warm, supportive and homelike atmosphere conducive to treatment.

  2. Susan Hollis says:

    my son has been out of rehab for 5 weeks and i am very proud of him but i feel at a loss sometimes and confused. I don’t seem to be able to do anything right although i know i am doing everything in my power to help his recovery and get really sad and upset because it just seems i never do the right thing he says i promise to do things and don’t carry them out so he will never believe a word i say but i do everything and more to help his recovery. u00a0 My son lives on his own not far away from me in our village i don’t crowd him but am so scared that because of me he will fall to the wayside. Is it normal for someone to be so agresive towards the person who is doing everything in their power to help?

  3. Nicole98 says:

    My husband has been clean for 1 month, however he is not attending na and has only seen his therapist 2 times.  I feel its just a matter of time before he uses again.  He has also become edgy and irritable and he looks for me to know all the answers.  Any advice.

  4. Ddd says:

    Me and my boyfriend r recovering Heroin addicts. We have both been clean for about 5 months we moved far away (out of state) so we could get away from all the neg. Influences. Tho we still have cravings now and then we have devoted ourselves 2 staying clean and living a long and healthy life!

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