Life after drug addiction rehab will require a period of transition.
Those of us who have been through residential treatment and are now in recovery wish we could tell you that immediately relationships are mended and families are made whole. You will walk through life without a care in the world and rainbows will appear at your beckoning. We can make no such promises. The truth it, recovery is a process. In life after drug addiction rehab, mending relationships with family and loved ones does not happen overnight, and in some instances it may never happen.
In our recovery program we have to learn through the Serenity Prayer to accept things we cannot change, the courage to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
This includes the addict as well as the loved ones.
What we can promise is that with treatment, both the recovering addict and the recovering loved ones will have a new way to cope with things beyond their control.
As a family member dealing with a loved one struggling with addiction, we can become addicted to the addict. It sounds ironic, but it is most definitely true in many instances. We become fixated on what the addict is doing, if they are lying or not, they become our whole world. Life after drug addiction rehab is not only for the person struggling with addiction, but it also helps the entire family heal. Some addiction rehab centers offer family programs, which can be very helpful.
Life after drug addiction rehab can be tumultuous.
Loving an addict is hard work, and it can consume your entire being. You start to question your own reality, and sanity for that matter. The important thing to realize is that you are not alone. Addiction affects millions of people, whether you’re using or not. There are amazing programs that help those who love addicts find peace regardless of the circumstances.
Al-Anon is a beautiful program that helps those affected by addicts realize they are not alone, someone else’s addiction is not their fault, and that their emotions are not dictated by someone else’s actions. Life after drug addiction rehab can be a beautiful thing, but it is what you make of it. Most residential treatment facilities offer therapy for family members and loved ones of addicts. They provide the necessary tools and resources because it is understood that addiction is a family disease, and everyone deserves the chance to heal.