Friday, June 22, 2012

Family Support

Family support is an important and essential factor in any recovery process, and detox is no exception.   By utilizing a network of professional inpatient/outpatient treatment centers, therapist, psychiatrists, and 12 Step groups such as A.A. and N.A. to aid in the treatment process, the Coleman Institute's methods for treatment are modeled on proven strategies that have a history of success.  In addition, the Coleman Institute recognizes that whether recovering from alcohol or drug addiction, family support is a necessary part of any successful recovery program for addicts and alcoholics who are serious about getting better.

Whether just beginning a treatment program or continuing on the path to recovery, the support of family and friends plays a pivotal role in whether or not treatment will be successful.  It's often easy to slip back into old patterns or behaviors, and having family support will encourage recovering alcoholics and other addicts to stay clean and not engage in activities that can encourage a fallback into old behaviors.  Family support plays a vital role in all recovery treatments, and having a network of friends and family is an essential part of getting - and staying - clean.

Family members can provide necessary and lasting support to patients who have gone through the detox procedure through encouragement and the establishing of a support network that makes the process more manageable.  Whether a patient has been clean for a year or a day, having the support of those closest to them plays a vital role in staying clean, and avoiding problem areas that could lead to a relapse.

For those struggling with an addiction to narcotics or prescription painkillers, a family support system becomes vital when facing the possibility of surgery or other conditions where the use of painkillers becomes necessary.   A support system can help patients in monitoring medicine in order to avoid developing another addiction.  They can also play a pivotal role in holding onto prescription medication for a patient recovering from addiction as an additional check and balance to ensure prescription drugs are not being abused or mismanaged.

For those battling against alcoholism, a strong support network of family and friends in addition to an A.A. program can greatly aid alcoholics in maintaining sobriety and not relapsing back into drinking. By having a group of close friends to whom they are accountable, recovering alcoholics have a better chance of staying sober, and not repeating old patterns or behaviors which could lead to repeat drinking.

Addictive behaviors not only affect the patient who is drinking, doing drugs or abusing prescription medications.  It influences and has an affect on the family as a whole, which is why support for the family is so vital in the recovery and treatment process.  Family members also need 'recovery' from the effects of being in relationship with someone with an active addiction.  Groups such as Al-Anon and Nar-Anon as well as Families Anonymous are great for helping family members learn new ways of coping with an addict who is in recovery or has not yet entered recovery.  This way the family, through support of these groups, can help their loved one or friend without hurting themselves!  

If you or someone you love is in need of detox from opiatesalcoholbenzosMethadone, or Suboxone, please do not hesitant to call Jennifer Pius at 1-877-77-DETOX (33869).  We are here to help you and yours get clean and stay clean!

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