Along with the long-term consequences outlined above, family members may suffer more acutely during a loved one’s period of active addiction—sleepless nights, wondering if their loved one is safe, and feelings of anger and frustration. It’s an arduous path, but addiction treatment can provide a significant sense of relief…and maybe a respite.
So much time and energy had been directed toward their loved one’s struggles that it’s difficult to let go of the worry and the obsessive thoughts. This is because many people aren’t sure how to support someone in rehab.
Recovery may need to happen for the family, as well as for the patient. The family may need to let go of control and obsession about their loved one as much as the patient needs to let go of their addiction. This is an important step in learning how to support someone in rehab.
Sometimes trying to treat an individual that struggles with substance abuse without addressing family dynamics would only be treating one facet of the problem. The entire family suffers when one member suffers from addiction, so the whole family may need to be a part of the recovery process.