At Sanford Addiction Treatent Centers, we believe family involvement is one of the most important components for a healthy, long-term recovery. Family members can be powerful allies in the recovery process. And while a person is in treatment, it is the perfect time to involve loved ones. Quite simply, addiction is a family disease. And it will continue to impact the whole family not the just the person in recovery.
Following are three articles by three different therapists on family influence in recovery:
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Suppose you have 100 acres full of sick trees who want to get well. If each tree leaves the forest to find wellness and then returns to the forest, they get sick again from the infection of the rest of the trees. The Elders taught us that to treat sick trees you must treat [read more …]
“Early recovery” marks the beginning stage of sobriety. As the person in recovery adjusts to a sober lifestyle, their loved ones are learning to adjust as well. Loved ones can disregard their own adjustment period, because their focus has been on the addiction itself for so long. In reality, the entire family unit grows [read more …]
Dear Rae: I am (or was) a recovering alcoholic. I have been sober for three years. Yesterday, it was raining and gray and my husband was out of town on business. For some reason I went to the liquor store and bought a bottle of vodka. I didn’t really even think about it – it [read more…]