The Family’s Role in Addiction and Recovery

Addiction recovery isn’t something done alone, at least not successfully. This is a true case of “it takes a village,” with the person struggling with the addiction, combined with family, friends, and the Recovery Strategies team, to make recovery a reality.

Even when substance abuse isn’t present within a family, each family is so different that it can’t be treated in same way. Add addiction to the mix, and it becomes much, much more complicated. Family roles in addiction can be complex, and our family support team is here to help.

Understanding the addiction history of a family

Each family member has a particular role within a family dealing with substance abuse.

Sometimes these roles can feel helpful or necessary, when in fact they are actually supporting the addictive behavior of a loved one, and causing stress or other problems for themselves in the process. This is called codependency, a dysfunctional way of relating to others.

Codependency is an important thing to identify, in order for positive family roles in addiction to be effective. Codependency is more common than most people are aware.

It is important to remember how very important family members are to the recovery process. We’ll help you understand what you can do to take an active and positive role during and after treatment. Family roles in addiction can be one of the strongest supports of recovery, when actions and interactions are healthy and positive.  The Recovery Strategies team is here to provide caring and guidance to family members.