Family support provides families and loved ones the tools they need for healthier relations. Studies show that families who get support during the treatment process engage with each other better. They also show that the family member in recovery has a better chance of success after rehab.
Family support helps individuals in recovery understand their own needs and behaviors better. The family members becomes both mentally and physically healthier. Relationship quality improves, and family members stop enabling or behaving co-dependently.
Many family members need education about substance abuse. They learn to recognize when relapse is coming and how to support their loved ones. Through knowledge and awareness, other family members may also become more aware of their own potential for substance abuse or addiction issues. Generations of negativity and abuse can end, which creates a more nurturing and healthy family pattern.
In order to support family members, drug and alcohol counselors consistently communicate with the affected family members. When appropriate, family members can also participate in therapy sessions together. There are times when family support is tough, but a brighter future for everyone involved is on the other side of this difficult journey.