September is National Recovery Month

Living with Someone Who is in Recovery

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If you are living with someone who has completed the treatment process and is now maintaining her recovery, there are a few things that you should keep in mind. First, it is important to know that the disease of addiction is a family disease. Addiction not only affects the chemically dependent but it also affects all those who are involved in her life. For this reason, establishing lifelong recovery begins not only with that person but with her friends, family, and spouse. At New Directions for Women we understand that addiction is a family disease. We are committed to the healing of the entire family. We know that those who live with or are in close relation with a person diagnosed with chemical dependency should be educated on recovery and the disease of addiction. In the following we will be discussing what to be mindful of when living with someone who is maintaining her sobriety.

When living with someone who has completed the addiction treatment process, you should know that at this point in her life she may be starting over in areas such as career or relationship with a particular person. The involvement of family during treatment is crucial for any recovery process. It is during this time that the family and their relationships can begin to heal. This does not end once treatment is over. Through the use of extended education on addiction, families can become more familiar with what the disease of addiction is and also learn coping skills. These coping skills are often taught while your loved one undergoes treatment but they can also be utilized by the family as a way of dealing with stress. By learning how to maintain a peaceful environment free from anxiety or constant worrying about your loved one, you will be able to help your loved one in their life of recovery. At New Directions for Women, we offer a Family Education and Support Group that occurs each Saturday morning for the loved ones of our current patients.

Another way that you can support your loved one’s sobriety is by abstaining from using any drugs or alcohol in the home. For many women in recovery, the sight of alcohol or drugs can be a trigger towards relapse. All family members must remember this lifestyle change to promote the best recovery outcomes.

By continuing your education, providing support, and maintaining a safe environment, you are supporting the wellness of your loved one. Your continued love and care for your family member in new recovery can be the one constant that allows for lifelong sobriety.

New Directions for Women is a treatment facility located in California that offers help to women of all ages, pregnant women in any trimester, and women with children. Our caring admissions counselors are available 24/7 to take your call and answer any questions you may have on getting help. Reach us by phone at 800-93-WOMEN. We can help. Stay in the loop with New Directions for Women by connecting with us on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.

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