She is facing some hard truths as she looks back on the past ten years of her husband’s addiction. He is finally sober, but he has yet to acknowledge what he put the family through. What should she expect at this point in her loved one’s recovery.
This family member had given up on ever getting her daugher back again. Her powerful tale of hope credits CRAFT with helping turn things around. We are so grateful for her sharing this story with the Allies community.
The period of early recovery is fragile, even dangerous. As important as it is to remove the drugs, it is even more important to add things in that take the place of the drugs, providing meaning, guidance, and supporting recovery and health…
Old boyfriends, street corners, and bar stools are everywhere in sobriety. As long as your loved one continues to prioritize their recovery, trust that they will walk on by.
An Allies in Recovery member writes from the heart, sharing his experience of being the parent of an adult child in early recovery: “We were in the beginning stages of recovery ourselves. How could we help him if he expressed or evidenced the difficulty of staying focused and doing all the work of recovery?…”
There is an AA saying, one that I think also applies to families navigating the addiction of a loved one. Simply put, getting and staying sober must come first. Yet, for families, there is so much else going on.
How rewarding an addicted family member for non-use can help decrease their use, get them into treatment, and increase your own quality of life.
Understanding the triggers that drive your loved one to use will make you more effective in responding to your loved one.