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Why Family Support is Critical in Recovery

Recovery from addiction is the most important step for an addict, as ongoing addiction can lead to mental and physical deterioration and even death. There are many vital factors to a successful recovery. Family support is one of the most critical.

Your Recovery May Depend on Family and Friends

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has found a positive correlation between family support and a lowered risk of relapse. Family involvement throughout each step of recovery is crucial for the patient to feel supported, loved, cared for and safe.

Open and Supportive Communication Is Key

It is not uncommon for someone suffering with addiction to feel shame in communicating their experiences. Having open and supportive communication with family and friends can ease fear of judgment during and after recovery.

Your Family Heals with You

When a person suffers from addiction, their family does, too. As a result, family members must learn new tools to adapt to the new recovery lifestyle. Many families struggle with co-dependence which enables addiction, therefore, everyone will need to learn healthy behaviors to encourage healthy growth. Family should evaluate their own triggers and work with the person in recovery to develop a new, healthy strategy that encourages the recovery of both the patient and family members.

Seeking professional help specific to your personal needs may help if you are suffering from addiction. Turning Point of Tampa’s goal is to always provide a safe environment and a solid foundation in 12-Step recovery, in tandem with quality individual therapy and groups. We have been offering Licensed Residential Treatment in Tampa since 1987. If you need help or know someone who does, please contact our admissions department at 813-882-3003, 800-397-3006 or