Good Support Will Help Your Recovery
It turns out that the Beatles had it right. It is easier to get by with a little help from your friends. When recovering from alcohol addiction at a treatment center, this rule is no exception.
While you may be a private person who wants to keep your personal issues quiet, dealing with alcohol addiction recovery might come a little easier when you tell your friends and family about the problems you are having. A good, solid support system will go a long way to making your recovery a little easier.
Most alcohol treatment centers will involve friends and family in a loved one’s recovery. There will be times during the stay at the rehab facility where contact with loved ones is prohibited. However, there will be plenty of time where contact and interaction with family and friends is strongly encouraged, depending on the individual treatment plan.
When family and friends fully understand their loved one’s addiction, they often can see a pattern in their own behavior that might have helped enable the alcohol addiction. Allowing your friends and family the chance to fully understand what you are going through, as well as potentially recognize their own pattern of enabling, is beneficial for everyone.
Research also shows that support given by family and friends is an important part of a recovering alcoholic’s treatment success. Knowing that there will be people supporting them when they have finished treatment goes a long way toward making that treatment successful.
In addition to family support being essential for a loved one’s rehab success, it is also important for the family members. When they are actively involved in the treatment of a loved one, they will be exposed to resources that are beneficial to family and friends. These include meetings that help shed light on alcohol addiction, talking about the addiction therapy process, and speaking to support not only your loved one through recovery, but also supporting yourself and other family and friends.
It is also essential when a person is released from an alcohol treatment center to have the right kind of support around him or her. If you don’t tell anyone that you have gone to alcohol rehab, then people won’t act accordingly around you. However, if you share your experience with family and friends, then people will likely refrain from drinking alcohol around you — which is what you need, especially when just newly sober.
When a person is finished with their alcohol addiction treatment, it is imperative that they continue to attend meetings as part of their aftercare program. It is also beneficial for family and friends of alcoholics to attend meetings, specifically designed for loved ones.
While it might be possible for you to get sober — and stay sober — all on your own, it will be easier when you have the support of your family and friends around you. Don’t try to do it on your own. Instead, feel the support of those who love you and let that guide you through your alcohol addiction treatment.