What to Do If Your Family Does Not Support Your Recovery

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It would be excellent if every recovering addict in Atlanta had the love and support of a caring and healthy family to lean on during the recovery process. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Many recovering addicts must look elsewhere for the support they need both during rehabilitation treatment and in the months following.

Dysfunctional Atlanta Families and Addiction

Many families suffer from multi-generational addiction that makes them unable to support a member who decides to break those cycles and end the reign of the disease in his or her life. There can be several reasons that an Atlanta family might not support recovery, including the following:

  • Seeing one member of the family stop abusing substances may make other members feel guilty, defensive, or otherwise uncomfortable about their continuing use of drugs or alcohol
  • Fractured relationships and broken trust may make it impossible for family members to believe that recovery is real or is possible
  • Harsh expectations and demands can drive deep relational wedges between family members
  • Some families use drug and alcohol abuse to self-medicate feelings of loss, guilt or pain related to previous tragedies
  • Many families root for the recovery of their son or daughter but simply don’t understand how best to support the process

Even families who are eager to support their addicted loved one often need specialized counseling and education to learn how to do that well.

Can Family Counseling Really Help Atlanta Families Struggling with Addiction?

Addiction is a disease that affects the entire community and family in drastic ways. Special family counseling offers the following recovery advantages for Atlanta families and their addicted loved ones:

  • Education about the true causes and functioning of addiction empowers families to change the patterns of their relationships and to understand the process better
  • Families learn effective communication techniques to replace bad relational habits
  • Deep or hidden family tragedies can be addressed
  • Family members learn to understand the main principles of the recovery process and how to avoid enabling behaviors

If your family can be convinced to undertake this type of counseling, great things can be accomplished for all involved. If, however, they are resistant, apathetic or actively opposed to your recovery we can help you find a community that will support you.

Alternative Forms of Recovery Support

Many recovering addicts report that the most important part of the healing process is the support they receive from friends and loved ones. In the absence of family support, these alternative support structures become incredibly important:

  • 12-step groups
  • Group counseling sessions
  • Opportunities to serve others or help another person’s recovery process
  • Churches group gatherings for the recovering addicts in the congregation
  • Ongoing counseling to help the recovering addict stay clean

Support Group Resources

The important thing is to know that you are not alone in this process, nor should you be. The odds of recovery success are greatly improved when you lean on others for support. If your family can’t or won’t support you, please call our toll-free helpline right now. Our admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions for you and can connect you with the best recovery program for your unique needs. Call now.