Addiction, Family, and Recovery


When a new patient comes to Coleman Addiction Medicine for a detox, we are always interested to learn about their family and relationships. For some, there is no family support to speak of. They do not have relationships with family members; they have exhausted all ties to family. 

For others, they have significant relationships within their family system and people who are invested in their sobriety. In both of these cases the information is critical to building out a recovery plan.

Living With Active Addiction in the Family

Whether the sufferer is you or a family member, active addiction threatens the home environment. It can:

  • Disrupt daily family life
  • Stress relationships
  • Put financial security at risk 

Plus, there can be emotional, mental, and physical health. 

When a loved one is suffering from addiction, family and friends may struggle with difficult questions and feelings. They may find themselves struggling with conflicting emotions such as: 

  • Anger
  • Sadness
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Shame
  • Guilt
  • Self-blame
  • Fear  

The Path to Freedom Starts Within

Once a person has experienced a detox like the accelerated opioid detox or alcohol detox at Coleman Addiction Medicine and cleansed their brain and body of substances, they can start to heal. Part of the healing process is to take inventory of their life and determine what changes are necessary to live without the use of substances. They are challenged to evaluate their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and replace them with healthy alternatives. 

The family also needs to begin their healing process. It is important that the family acknowledge they too need to learn and practice how to think or practice things differently. 

Both the individual in recovery and the family need to start implementing change and learn to connect with each other within a new relationship.

Healthy Family Life and Healthy Recovery

Families may benefit from consultation and possibly treatment to help explore creating healthier communication, expression of feelings, and expectations. Recovery is a journey that requires exploring new options and choices. It may push people out of their comfort zones. Our hope is that everyone finds their path to recovery and new ways to explore a healthier life!

Amanda Pitts, LADC1

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