What’s My Role in Recovery?
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.
The involvement of families as a support system and their understanding of addiction being a disease is crucial as it allows the patients to stop pointing a finger at themselves and instead focus on reaching long-term recovery. When families are part of the recovery process, it increases the likelihood that patients will achieve and maintain long-term recovery.
Additionally, families can be supportive of their loved ones in treatment and recovery by attending Alcoholics Anonymous (AI-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. To find local meetings in your area visit: www.al-anon.org