Family Understanding and Support
Bayshore Retreat is a comprehensive drug treatment center that believes in providing customized substance abuse treatment that addresses every element of a client’s life. One very important element is family. We believe in and encourage family involvement during treatment and in discharge planning. Drug addiction affects the entire family unit. Having a plan, which includes the family, not only helps ease the tension and reduce anxiety when the client goes home, but aids in continued success in recovery.
One of the most common questions we hear from the family is, “How can I help?” We hear this at the beginning of treatment and especially towards the end. The transition period from treatment to the home environment is stressful and families play a huge role. One of the first things we encourage family members to do is educate themselves about addiction. We believe that knowledge is power and the more information, the better. Through education, most people begin to realize that they are not alone. They begin to see that countless others have gone through this and made it to the other side. Most importantly, they begin to feel hopeful again.
Answering the questions about how family can help is multifaceted. There is a different approach for each client depending on the need. Topics we address include: how addiction breaks down communication in the family and ways to get back on track, emphasizing healthy boundaries so that each person assumes responsibility for his or her own behavior, and having an honest conversation about relapse and a game plan to get back on track.
Sobriety is a lifestyle. Our goal with involving the family is to lay the foundation for genuine and healthy relationships. We believe that the discipline of recovery benefits families by bringing them together and ultimately increases their ability to positively cope with life’s challenges. by Stephanie Aldridge (Bayshore Retreat’s LMHC) Nov. 2, 2014