Opium addiction can be very difficult on the addicted individual, but it can also seriously hurt their family members, friends, and other loved ones. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Drug abuse puts a lot of stress on parents, brothers and sisters, grandparents––anyone who is part of the home,” and this often causes a falling out between the addict and their families.
For many addicts who begin attending treatment, reconnecting with family members is extremely important. There are many ways you can begin to reconnect with your loved ones during opium addiction treatment.
Visiting and Attending Family Therapy
Many addicts receive incredible benefits when their family members are involved in their treatment. By reaching out to your loved ones and asking them to visit you in treatment or come with you to the clinic, you are showing them that not only is your recovery important to you but it is also important that you reconnect with them. In turn, their support will help you continue to attend treatment with confidence in yourself and hope for a better life.
Family therapy is another way to reconnect with those you love, and it is offered by many inpatient and outpatient centers that treat opium addiction. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, “In family therapy, the goal of treatment is to meet the needs of all family members,” so you can receive help and support as an addict but also so your loved ones can begin to make changes to their lives that better serve them. Many family members give in to co-dependent or enabling habits while others do not know how to care for themselves when they’ve been caring for a loved one struggling with drug abuse. Family therapy can help remedy problems for all involved parties
Make a Behavioral Shift
Of course, it can be difficult to ask family members to be a part of your treatment if your relationship is very strained. One of the most important things you can do is to truly begin to change even as you attend treatment. This means showing with your behavior that you are serious about your recovery.
- Attend treatment regularly, even when you do not want to.
- Spend time with family members when and if you make an agreement to and respect their space if they ask for it.
- Stay away from opium, other substances of abuse, and people with whom you used to get high, especially during the beginning of your recovery.
- Be honest in all things, as your opium abuse will have likely caused you to lie to your loved ones in many instances.
It is especially important to show that you are able and choosing to be honest after beginning your treatment regimen, as this will allow them to start to trust you again. When you can make these changes to your behavior, it will show your loved ones that you are serious about recovery, and it will often allow you to reconnect with them more easily.