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If you have a loved one who abuses drugs or alcohol it can be tough to know how to support them. This guide discusses some useful information that will help you remain supportive before, during and after the treatment process.


It is essential to understand that addiction is a disease.  To the non-addicted cutting back on drug or alcohol use may seem straightforward and simple.

However, because addiction is a chronic disease of the brain, quitting may be nearly impossible without professional help. The addicted may deny they have a problem, and it is sometimes easier for families to merely accept the denial (codependent / enabling behavior) but real help is not always easy. Sometimes the only way to break the cycle of addiction is to get your loved one help from a drug and alcohol addiction treatment center like Wisdom Treatment Centers.

Addiction Will Impact The Entire Family

Addiction can be an inherited disease and can run in families. It is projected that 50% of all children in the U.S. younger than 18 (35.6 million children) live in a home where a parent or adult uses tobacco, alcohol or illegal drugs. When a member of the household has an addiction, other roles in the family can change. The non-addicted parent may become codependent or enabling, allowing the cycle to continue. A child may have to assume a more parental role and take on the responsibilities of an adult, while another child may act out or become unruly, and so on. These distorted family roles lead to the dysfunction that must be addressed to maintain recovery and sobriety.

Unfortunately, without professional help from a treatment center like Wisdom, family members predictably adapt to the behavior of the person with a substance use disorder. They develop patterns of accommodation and ways of coping with the substance use.

Addiction also occurs in families with no previous addiction history. It is important to understand the complex role that family members play in substance abuse treatment. The family can be a source of help to the treatment process, but they also must manage the consequences of the loved one’s addictive behavior. Individual family members are concerned about the substance abuse, but they also have their own goals and issues. Wisdom Treatment centers improve treatment effectiveness, by providing services to the whole family,

Wisdom’s professional Substance abuse counselors focus on the individual needs of people with substance use disorders, urging them to take care of themselves. Our therapists have given hope to hundreds of families by bringing about positive changes in the family system concurrently, which improves the substance use disorder. By addressing the entire family, our method tends to minimize the persistent, sometimes overpowering process of addiction.

Substance abuse weakens physical and mental health, and it strains and taxes the agencies that promote physical and psychological health. Our Burbank Rehab Center’s family therapy in conjunction with our substance abuse treatment has two primary purposes. First, we seek to use the family’s strengths and resources to help find or develop ways for the addicted to live without substance abuse. Second, our family therapy ameliorates the impact of chemical dependency on both the addicted person and the family.

The integration of family therapy in substance abuse treatment is still not in full use. However, Wisdom Treatment Centers provide family therapy in conjunction with substance abuse treatment. Our proven methods help families become aware of their own needs and provide genuine, enduring healing for our clients.

As a Family, consider the best approaches to treatment and recovery for your loved one. One of the most difficult situations when dealing with a loved one who has an addiction is figuring out how and when to help them without causing additional problems. You may be unaware that addicts do not have to “hit rock bottom” before they can get better. There is no reason to wait for your loved one to “crash,” step in and address the problem before it gets worse. The sooner treatment begins the quicker your loved one can recover and increase their chances of success. Wisdom makes the process of recovery easy, not only for your addicted loved one but also the whole family. Healing can start at any point; research has proven that the earlier treatment begins, the better. The most important thing is getting your loved one into rehab.

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Do not stage an intervention without a plan. Be ready to offer precise, thorough information on the rehab program you have chosen and make sure all participants are on the same page regarding the arrangements and the presentation. None of the participants should have a private agenda that may possibly cause conflict. Steer clear of using the intervention to air grievances and do not get into an emotional conversation about past issues. The goal is to get your loved one into professional treatment,  be compassionate, and don’t muddy the waters.


Every family is different, and the best way to approach family involvement with substance abuse treatment can differ as well.

The specialists at our Burbank rehab facility are trained and available to work with drug and alcohol addicted patients and their families.

While they can be useful to mediate the intervention process, your family may decide to have a private, non-confrontational and honest talk with the addict to implore them to seek treatment.

After Rehab

As a family, support your loved one by learning about recovery and embrace the aftercare plan. It is a mistaken belief that once someone has completed addiction treatment, he or she is cured. Maintaining sobriety after rehab entails continued work, care, and support. Successful recovery, as outlined in an aftercare plan that Wisdom Treatment Center provides to our clients when they transition out of a rehab, involves good self-care, ongoing counseling, sober support meetings and avoidance of triggers to use.

The family must commit to the aftercare plan to support their loved one’s recovery. All members of the family should take good care of themselves and discover more about recovery. Attending Al-Anon meetings and therapy are suggested to help you understand your role your loved one’s addiction.

Maintain a healthy home and firm boundaries. Do not resume doing things that enable the addicted person to return to previous behaviors. Relearning how to be responsible for our actions and live within healthy boundaries is essential. The family should be supportive of the loved one in recovery. However, establishing healthy boundaries and responding to inappropriate requests by suggesting practical solutions instead. The family should offer solutions and problem-solving support which will strengthen family bonds and promote the addict to solve and face their problems in a measured one step at a time approach, instead of avoiding them.  For family and friends of drug- or alcohol-addicted individuals. Addressing the addiction is one of the most difficult aspects of helping the addicted person seek treatment.  Most time, daily family involvement has only managed to help the addict.  Family members frequently do not know how to bring up the issue of substance abuse treatment.  Instead of choosing to ignore the problem for fear of pushing their loved one away during a confrontation or intervention.  These are legitimate concerns, and while families should understand that approaching their loved one should be a gentle and supportive process.  Parent’s also need to understand that most patient seek substance abuse treatment because of positive family involvement and intervention.