Life After Addiction: What Does the Family Healing Process Look Like?

Life After Addiction: What Does the Family Healing Process Look Like?

Life after methadone addiction is a daunting yet rewarding time for addicts

When addiction is present, the whole family structure is affected. Loved ones begin to constantly worry about the addict and this can eventually strain many of their relationships. This co-dependency can be the root cause of miscellaneous health conditions such as high blood pressure, anxiety attacks, significant weight loss/gain, amongst other issues. However, receiving the proper treatment for both the addict and loved ones can start the repair process and enable everyone to take charge of their health again.

What Does the Healing Process Entail?

Each family is affected differently by their loved one’s methadone addiction. Because of this uniqueness, treatment approaches are often tailored for each individual seeking treatment. Included in the following are some examples of what the healing process entails.

  • Treatment
  • Counseling, both individual and family
  • Apologies

Many loved ones concentrate so much on the addict’s needs that they neglect their own needs. Yes, it is vital for the addict to enter treatment but it is also just as important for loved ones, whom have been impacted by addiction to seek treatment as well. Although treatment for loved ones will vary greatly from the treatment an addict receives, both will involve counseling sessions. These counseling sessions often begin as individual sessions and slowly progress toward group or family counseling sessions. During these sessions, everyone is able to express their emotions and concerns. These sessions also give everyone the opportunity to apologize for their actions. Although apologies do not instantly repair the relationship, it is a vital step in the process.

Why is it Necessary for Everyone to Receive Treatment?

Methadone addiction can impact every family member, loved one and social group in drastic ways. Included in the following are a few reasons it is necessary for everyone to receive treatment:

  • Stable environment/relationships
  • Healthy boundaries
  • Expectations

Stability is something a household that has experienced the impact of addiction has lacked for at least the duration of the addiction if not longer. Once the addict and his family regain their stability they can then  take back control of their lives and what they will and will not tolerate. Friends and family who seek treatment will learn how to set healthy boundaries and how to stick to those boundaries. These boundaries will help the recovering addict understand that if he behaves in a way that violates these boundaries he will no longer be allowed to be a part of your life. Treatment also teaches individuals how to set realistic expectations for loved ones as well as set expectations for themselves.

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If you or a loved one is affected by an addiction to methadone, please call our toll-free helpline today.  Our compassionate and knowledge counselors are available 24 hours a day to answer your addiction questions and help you find the best treatment available. One call is all it takes to save a life, so call us today!