Getting Family Support To Help You Recover
Once the person has finally admitted that alcohol is a problem they can use the support of their family. The family needs to understand that many times the individual pushes their family out of their life in order to maintain that they do not have a problem. This can carry on for a long time. Once the person starts the recovery process they may begin to understand the role of the family in their recovery process.
The family can take initial steps to understand the problem as fully as possible. This may include speaking to a doctor or therapist as well as visiting a treatment group such as Alcoholics Anonymous. There are also special groups specifically for parents, spouses and other family members of alcoholics. These groups offer lots of first-hand knowledge to help the family understand what to expect at each step along the road to recovery.
The family also needs to understand that the alcoholism actually changes the person’s personality. They need to try not to take each and every comment made to heart but instead understand that this is not the true character of the person. Most alcoholics don’t want to admit to themselves or their family that they have a problem. They often distance themselves from their family just when they need them the most.
Family members need to be confident that their unending support will eventually be noticed and appreciated. The alcoholic needs to know that they have the unconditional love of their family who will stand by them no matter what. This unwavering support will help keep the recovering alcoholic on track. With time the relationships will again become close.
Support of the family needs to continue on even after therapy or rehab has ended. Many alcoholics have a relapse months or even years after initial treatment. The family can help to keep continue the recovery process on an ongoing basis. Be sure to know and understand the signs of alcoholism in case the person begins drinking again.