Disease isn’t defined to singularities. Illness doesn’t merely effect the individual. It’s instead experienced by the family — with all forced then to endure treatments, medications and the slow creep of progress. Involvement is impossible to deny… and why therefore would it be any different with addiction?
Substance abuse is an affliction that is felt among the many, not the few. It forces families to reshape their lives — offering endless support, comfort and even demands for abstinence. The process of rehabilitation is long; and participation from loved ones is essential in helping it to succeed. Families must be forever present and forever willing.
They also, however, be given their own relief.
Therapy is not meant for just the addicts. It’s not to be limited to those seeking explanations for their compulsions. Instead it’s to be given to those who must bear the burden of substances (despite the fact that they have never sampled them). Families must form their own connections with counselors — learning ways to understand a disease and recognizing their own importance in the healing of it.
Group therapy is recommended for all individuals who must face the rehabilitation of the ones they love. Sessions should be experienced as needed and psychologists should be sought. The intention is not to focus on the terrors of an addiction; it’s instead to gain perspective from those who have suffered through this process before, understanding that there is success to be found and the days will eventually be easier (though never easy).
And this is imperative for families who have only just begun rehabilitation procedures — all of which seem endless. Discovering that change is indeed possible will help to lessen the strain of addiction and offer hope for the future: which will allow individuals to provide stronger aid to users, with their worries soothed and their thoughts better collected.
The notion of therapy is too often defined to addicts. It’s to instead be provided to all who must suffer through healing, however. Choose counseling; choose assistance; regain faith.