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When a family member enters drug abuse treatment, there is no doubt that there are going to be many things going through your mind. You might want to know if this is your fault; you might feel as though you have been lied to or betrayed; you might feel like everyone is giving up, or you might feel like this is the best thing that could happen to you and your family. You might feel relieved.

Drug Abuse TreatmentIt is always tough when a family member has to enter an addiction treatment program. There might have been many things that this family member has done while they were under the influence of one drug or another, and you might find that you are having a hard time dealing with your feelings about the person that you love. All of this is perfectly natural. There are many feelings that you are perfectly entitled to feel and each one of them has merit, but there are several things that you need to know when your family member enters drug abuse treatment in a drug rehabilitation center.

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First of all, you need to know that none of this is your fault. It does not matter what you think you might have done to drive your family member to the state they are in, and it does not matter if you feel like you might have been partially responsible. It is not your fault, and there is nothing that you can personally do to change the sickness your family member has, which is a drug addiction. Now is not the time to dwell on the things that you might have done, or the things that you did; it is simply the time that you need to focus on your loved one getting the help that they need. You also need to know that there is nothing that you can personally do to fix the person who is getting treatment. You cannot solve their problems for them. All you can do is be supportive of them and their struggle to get well.

When a family member enters drug abuse treatment, you need to know that they are going to have to be selfish for what may feel like a long time. They need to focus on their own life and the emotions that are inside of them. The addiction recovery starts with them. Often, family members want results right away; and they want the issue to be taken care of and to be over. However, this is not going to happen overnight, and you aren’t going to be the one thing that your family member focuses on right away. They need to focus on themselves and on getting better;  you will have to wait until they have completed this section of treatment before they can focus on anything else.

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You also need to know that your family member is going through many changes. They are discovering what it is about themselves that they cannot handle, what about them makes them susceptible to substance abuse and what things in their life they need to change. Addiction counseling is often difficult for most individuals. They face their addictions and, most likely, many actions and feelings they are not proud of, and might want to change a lot of things. When they are finished with treatment,  as their family, you are going to have to be supportive of the things they want to change their life. You should know that your family member is going to have to turn their life around and that many times, part of turning a life around is making changes. Be as supportive as you can; part of being successful in drug abuse treatment is a willingness to change.

You should also know that your loved one has taken the best and first steps to getting well. They have come to the conclusion that they need help and they are seeking it. No matter how hard or stressful this time is for your family, you are going to get back a family member, free from the vicious cycle of substance abuse. You are going to get back someone who is recovered and who can join your family again.

Many rehab programs have family counseling programs and aftercare programs that can assist the addict and affected family member re-establish healthy relationships. As a family member, you will need to be open and supportive. The best support you can provide is to not judge or focus on the past but look forward to a drug-free life for your family member.

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