What’s My Role in Recovery?
Families can be supportive of their loved ones in treatment and recovery by attending Al-Anon meetings. While the patient is working hard in treatment to change, it is important that family members are learning new ways to live as well.
An important Al-Anon concept is to “detach with love,” meaning that you can separate yourself from the adverse consequences of the person’s drug use and/or drinking.
According to Al-Anon, “detachment allows us to let go of our obsession with another’s behavior and begin to lead happier and more manageable lives, lives with dignity and rights, lives guided by a power greater than ourselves. We can still love the person without liking the behavior”.
Additionally, you can allow your loved one to be more independent. It is important that “caretaking” ceases and the addict is given the opportunity to practice self-care.