During recovery, it is challenging to find motivating factors to continue your journey and stay clean. However, your family and friends are two important communities offering you support consistently. Throughout your recovery, your home life improves, which should be encouraging for you to continue your journey.
Your Home Life as Your Support System
While recovering from substance abuse, the community you surround yourself with should be supportive and encouraging. If this support system comes from your friends and families, it is essential to acknowledge this and value them.
They should encourage you to stay in treatment, support you even if relapse occurs, and celebrate your milestones in recovery.
Addiction and recovery not only affect the individual but also those around them. It is essential for both parties to recognize this and work together to create a supportive community for each other.
Talking and communicating with those at home can improve your relationship with them. In developing trust, you are able to rebuild a strong foundation with them. They are there to encourage and support you, providing you with positivity along this journey.
There are also resources for parents and other family members, offering advice on how to help and support someone in their family either struggling with addiction or actively in recovery. Having a healthy and stable home life is a key aspect while going through recovery.
How Is Home Life Affected While in Recovery?
If someone in your family is going through recovery, or if you yourself are actively in recovery, family is a very important community that should offer support. However, this process can be challenging. At times it is difficult for family members to cope with this new change in their lives, just as it is difficult to adjust to this change in yours. The key for everyone involved is to be patient and gentle with one another.
Active and positive communication is necessary while someone is going through recovery. The individual going through recovery has the responsibility of communicating their mental-emotional state as well as any physical changes or urges they find themselves having. On behalf of family members, it is their responsibility to not only build a caring and supportive environment but to also understand and interact in a non-judgmental way.
A new level of respect, care, and community is developed within a home while a family member goes through recovery. It is a challenging and difficult time for everyone involved.
There are services for families who need extra support during this time as well. It is the responsibility of family members to be self-sufficient and self-aware, knowing when they are being pushed too far or need resources for themselves to maintain a gentle home life. Some of these services may include talk therapy to discuss feelings while a loved one goes through recovery. By interacting with these outside resources, any negativity or hostility will be avoided in the household.
How Home Life Benefits With Recovery
Though it is a complex process for both the individual and their family and friends, there are rewards to be reaped in your home life.
During the recovery journey, it is essential and necessary to develop stronger and healthier communication skills. For example, simply asking each other how one’s day was builds a healthier foundation. In time, this basic foundation of communication motivates everyone involved to express themselves.
Communication is a process, and with time and effort, it becomes easier for people to become more emotional and fully truthful. These stronger communication skills, understanding each other on an emotional level,
Finding Common Ground
Once there is a stronger communication foundation, it is easier to understand what brings a family together. For instance, family dinners or having a meal together at least once a day helps builds a more secure and stable home life.
Finding time to implement family time or family activities everyone is excited to participate in is a benefit of the recovery journey. You learn more about each other and what makes each other happy and incorporate that into your life as a family.
Building off of a strong family and communication structure, the emotional bond enhances. Eventually, it becomes easier to understand each other’s mental-emotional states, and reaching out to family members is less stressful or scary. Rather, reaching out and communicating about anxieties or stressful events can be a bonding and transforming experience. Together, family members learn to help each other and build an even stronger support system.
During recovery, it is hard to find a supportive community. It is extremely important to include your family in the process when applicable and, if appropriate, to grow a stronger bond through this transformation.
Here at Destiny Recovery Center, we prioritize a strong support system during recovery, one that can be relied on to grow strong bonds. We believe family and friends are a stable system for people in recovery. Family and friends are capable of growing their bond with a loved one, and the person on their recovery journey is able to build a foundation of trust with those around them. We recommend working on healthy communication, allowing everyone involved to open up emotionally and strengthen this connection. We recognize it is important for everyone involved to have an outlet besides each other, and we recommend family members reach out to external services when necessary. Call us at (909) 413-4304 to learn more.