Addiction recovery is extremely hard on addicts themselves, but those struggles also get multiplied through family lines. And if any person in a family is working through addictive behaviors or the recovery from them, it sometimes takes a family effort to push all the right pieces into place for a complete and efficient success. There are always stumbling blocks along the way, but the more concrete the plan for health, the more likely the goal will be achieved of freedom.
Five ways in particular that would be considered healthy methods for family members would include understanding the goals of recovery, knowing the struggles themselves, reading available literature on specifics, exercising situational non-judgment, and supporting proven habit-changing methods along the way.
Understanding the Goals
Without understanding the goals of addiction treatment, family members will be running blind in their efforts. Parents, children, and siblings can all put in maximum time, money, and effort into what they believe will help, but without a consistent framework of comprehension, all of that can fall flat, and potentially even be counterproductive, considering the seriousness of the health situation.
Knowing the Struggles
It’s hard to help a family member if you don’t understand the struggles of addiction as well. If you’ve never been addicted to anything, and if you don’t have an addictive personality, then there’s no point of reference for you, so there’s a good chance that what you think will help doesn’t actually meet the situation at hand. So, to understand the struggle, the next smart thing to do as a family member comes up, and that’s to read all of the literature available on the specific struggle on hand.
Reading the Available Literature
First-person narratives about addiction are some of the best resources to read. These personalized accounts can be emotional, raw, and pure in a way that academic resources can’t really touch. If you want to know what your addicted family member is going through, reading the stories of people who have made it through can be extremely inspiring.
One of the worst things you can do for an addict or recovering addict is to judge. That automatically puts people on the defensive, and then there will be lies, secrecy, self-esteem issues, and trust issues on top of the problems that already exist.
Supporting Proven Habit-Changing Methods
And finally, there is a lot of science-based material about how to change habit these days. Depending on the type of health issue you’re trying to counteract, find the most logical habit-changing method, process, or format that you can, and then cater it toward your specific situation with your family member.