Why Family in the Recovery Process is Essential

Why Family in the Recovery Process is Essential

Addiction, like many illnesses, affects loved ones in a profound way. Members of the addict’s family are often left to feel alone, scared, frustrated, and unsure of how to help the addict reach recovery. It’s important for family members to understand addiction and be willing to help, as studies now show that family involvement is critical for long-term recovery success. In this blog, we will discuss why this is and what family members can do to help their loved ones. 

If you need a safe space to stay sober, our sober living environment at The Sanctuary Recovery Foundation may be right for you. Contact us and learn how we can help.

Why Families Are Important in Recovery?

There are many things that family members do to play a role in recovery. The addict may expect emotional support, and a family member should be willing to provide this if the relationship isn’t beyond repair. When family members approach addiction correctly, they can also be good advocates for accountability, helping to keep the addict on track with their treatment plan. 

Having those around us when we are struggling reduces anxiety and stress, which are factors that can lead to relapse. Those who know us well are also able to identify triggers that we cannot. Finally, it’s great for an addict to have a support system willing to celebrate their successes with them. 

What Role Does Family Play in Addiction Recovery?

If you’re wondering what you can do specifically to help keep a healthy dynamic with the addict in your family, here are some roles you can play:

  • Educating themselves about addiction: The first thing you can do is learn as much as you can about addiction. This way, you will know the unique challenges your loved one faces. 
  • Setting boundaries and expectations: Clear boundaries are an important part of being there for an addict. 
  • Communicating effectively: Being open in your communication and honest about your feelings will help the addict stay grounded in reality and cross fewer boundaries. 
  • Participating in therapy or support groups: Going to therapy and looking after your own well being is especially important. 
  • Advocating for their loved one: Sometimes an addict can no longer advocate for themselves and need someone to step in. 

What is The Role of Family in Relapse?

It’s quite likely that the addict in your family may relapse at some point. When this happens, it’s imperative that family members are there for the addict to stop them from going back down the path of addiction. Simply relapsing for a short while is not a failure and shouldn’t be seen as one. Instead, it is part of the process of recovery. When this happens, the family member should remain calm and supportive, offer to help them get back into treatment by scheduling appointments, and go back to therapy themselves. 

Sanctuary Foundation Can Help Your Loved One

At Sanctuary Foundation, we are here to help your loved one if they are in need of a residential program. There are many things we can provide, including:

  • 12-Step Support groups: We have support groups for addicts to give them a safe place to share how they are feeling and receive encouragement or learn from others. This will ultimately help your relationship with them. 
  • Coaching: Sanctuary Recovery Foundation has been certified as a Level II program by The South Carolina Alliance for Recovery Residences. 
  • Sober Living: A place away from temptation and surrounded by those who understand what you are going through. 


When both the family member and the addict receive the very best care, recovery is more likely. If you are a loved one or a family member who is struggling with addiction, reach out to us today for help.