Educate yourself on addiction and recovery
Every day there are many studies which are being conducted about drug abuse and other form of addictions. New insights and discoveries are made. Learning about them can boost your confidence levels and make you realize that there is always hope for people who want to get out of addiction.
Connect with understanding peers.
When your son or daughter is in addiction, connect with other parents who are going through the same. This will help you to let out your emotions and feelings and find hope in bringing back your child to a normal life.
Take them to family therapy sessions.
As the person who is addicted during his recovery goes through a journey, so does the family members. Don’t make yourself distant to the addicted and deny them the normal stature.
They are human beings as much as you are. Don’t cripple the family by playing blame games.
So it is important that you stay tight on the family therapy sessions, attend them regularly and show your care and concern.
Eat together and don’t forget to cook your own food.
The love which is transmitted when you cook your own food cannot be derived from anywhere else.
You as family might be working on different schedules and different timings. But make sure that you have your dinner together as a family and share your days and experiences with them. This will get you the personal connect that you need.
Managing expectations with the addicted family members
Every day there are many studies which are being conducted about drug abuse and other form of addictions. New insights and discoveries are made. Learning about them can boost your confidence levels and make you realize that there is always hope for people who want to get out of addiction.When you all come together as a family and work towards getting your addicted family member out of it, things will get better.
But you should remember that recovery takes time because the changes and patterns associated with addiction really change. Some time the mere time it takes for recovery might lead to disappointments.
So the key is to focus on the recovery and manage the expectations.
Stay In touch with personal joy
While you manage expectations, also try to share a little joy with your addicted member. Play an instrument for them, go for camping, take nature photographs, get them into a new hobby, help them to learn something new and so on.
Get regular exercise
As a family member, get regular exercise for yourself and stay fit. Exercise has the proven ability to reduce stress and depression. Exercises are found to release the pleasure chemicals such as dopamine and oxytocin.