The Importance of Family Support in Recovery

Every person's recovery journey is unique. However, having family support is the key to many success stories.

A loved one struggling with addiction may experience various emotions, such as anger and fear. But of course, not everyone entering rehab may feel angry or scared; thus, some family members might have difficulty knowing how to offer support.

If this is you, have no fear—wanting to help is already a great start! Here are some tips and benefits of familial support.

Benefits of Having Families Involved in Recovery

There are many benefits to having family members involved in recovery. Some benefits include the following:

  • Effective communication
  • Your loved one's self-esteem can be improved
  • Motivating your loved ones
  • Learning how addiction can affect families
  • Recognizing codependent and enabling behaviors
  • Giving family members tools to navigate sobriety

How to Help a Loved One in Recovery

Your loved one will reap the benefits of family involvement in recovery. But are you still unsure of how to help? Here are some ways you can offer support:

  • Help Build Their Coping Skills


During the treatment process, stress is inevitable. However, you can be there for your loved one and help them build the necessary coping skills to get through even the toughest recovery days.

  • Encourage Abstinence From Drugs And Alcohol


It can be difficult to completely abstain from alcohol and drugs while in recovery, especially if someone feels like they are alone. However, long-term abstinence can be supported by family involvement. 

Support your loved one by showing them that they no longer need to depend on substances.

  • Encourage Your Loved One To Follow The Treatment Recommendation


Every person is different, so the course of rehabilitation treatment will be different too. Therefore, a comprehensive plan of treatment can include many recommendations and services. Your loved one will likely follow recommended treatment recommendations if there is family involvement.

  • Encourage Your Loved One To Join A Peer-Support Group


Support groups are a great way to hold those going through rehab and other treatment services accountable. 

Although your loved one might be reluctant to sign up for a group, it may make them more open to the idea if you encourage them.

  • Reduce Any Familial Friction


As you spend more time with your loved one and join them on their recovery journey, any friction will subside. This will help you and your loved one feel better, while allowing treatment to run smoothly.