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The Simple Reason to Involve Family in Sobriety [Updated May 16, 2019]
May 16, 2019
Family, Sobriety, and Recovery
On the journey to sobriety, individuals working towards their recovery from drugs and/or alcohol often cite the single greatest cause for relapse as interaction with kin.
Time and time again, family interactions bring up deep-seated negative feelings and emotions. These emotions and feelings often trigger a relapse.
Often, but not always, a co-dependent family system struggles to react to this change (sobriety.) This struggle results in family minimally focusing on areas that they, too, need to modify. The focus is therefore not on supporting the recovery of the struggling addict.
What Can You Do
This higher incidence of relapse is troubling, but it does not have to be your reality. You can reduce the risk of relapse after interactions with family by involving them in recovery.
These struggles illuminate the necessity to incorporate the family system at the onset of the drug/alcohol treatment. It is important to involve everyone in the process. Get the whole family on the same mission from Day 1.
Integrating family work during recovery promotes healing and understanding. Insights about the function of the family system often require change as well as support. Involving family also helps to reduce misconceptions about getting “fixed”.
Recovery is a life long process. It requires the help of those closest to us. When family encourages this recovery process, the chances of lasting sobriety improve significantly.
by Dr. Deanna Olivias
What To Do Next
If you need a way to start the conversation about the recovery process for yourself or a loved one in your family, then you might like Maximum Strength. This best-selling book by author Ross Remien is for people just like you. The book will help you take a realistic approach to sobriety and recovery.
[UPDATED] – Post update reflects a title change and the republishing of the best-selling Maximum Strength: How Executives and Families Overcome Addiction For Good available on both Amazon and the website through Speaker House Publishing.