Family members of an addict can be deeply affected by their loved one’s behavior.
Also, the family member’s behavior can act as a positive or negative on the addict, whether they are aware of it or not. When that person goes into treatment, it can also be imperative for the family to obtain forms of treatment and support as well. Drug rehabs can offer family programming in conjunction with their treatment piece. Through such programs, family members can gain an understanding and education on how to help their loved ones in addiction recovery.
The loved ones of alcoholics and addicts can also benefit from making progress and having support in their own lives. There are programs available to those who are influenced by addiction, similar to those found in a recovery-oriented system and the 12-steps. Local health and human services programs exist to help families and children of addicts. Such information can be found on the web on community sites. There is also the community of Al-anon and Alateen, supportive programs for the loved ones of alcoholics. Another group of support for the loved ones of addiction is Codependents Anonymous (CoDa). While your loved one is working on recovery in their own way, you too can be involved in your own supportive recovery program.