Addiction is a Family Disease – The Best of Excursions Magazine

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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:

 

The Best of Excursions Magazine

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Thoughtful Connections from the Family Program – The Forest & the Trees

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 …]

 

 

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Why Does your Addiction Always Come First? A Family Guide

“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 …]

 

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Dear Rae: I Relapsed – How Do I Move Forward?

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…]

 

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Sanford Addiction Treatment Centers is a residential and outpatient facility located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Sanford offers excellence in evidence-based practice models in a home-like, restorative setting. Our clinicians, supported by our medical team, focus on resolving the underlying issues that often cause substance use, such as trauma, unhealthy relationships, co-occurring disorders and isolation. Programs include both in-person and telehealth: residential, day programs, intensive outpatient, outpatient, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), education and relapse prevention classes, one-on-one and family therapy, and alumni and family support groups. At Sanford Addiction Treatment Centers, we want to inspire you to find your inner grit, rekindle your interests and engage your passion.