What to Do If Your Family Does Not Support Your Recovery

What to Do If Your Family Does Not Support Your RecoveryEarly in the addiction recovery process, people often count up the assets they can rely on as they remake their lives and also the problems they will have to confront. While many Chicago residents can count on strong support from family, others are not so lucky. For a variety of reasons, some or all of an addict’s family may decline to help with the recovery process or even work against it. While recovery is more difficult without family support, you can still find a path forward.

Seeing Your Family’s Side

Many factors may lead families of addicts to withhold support. These reasons may include:

  • Past failed attempts to quit
  • Past breaches of trust
  • Anticipation that addiction counselors will blame the family for causing the addiction
  • Unwillingness to accept that anyone in the family could have developed an addiction
  • A conviction that addictions must be solved privately

Even if you are working hard to rapidly change the facts of your situation, your family’s perceptions and fears can take much longer to change. Adjusting to the new realities you are creating will take time and there are outside services to support Chicago residents in the meantime.

Don’t Wait for Your Family

Although you will be disadvantaged in your recovery without the support or involvement of your family, waiting for them to come to your aid would be a mistake. Regardless of the treatment program you choose, recovery really only requires the commitment and effort of the addict in order to be successful. Remember that, most of all, it is your own life that is most diminished by addiction. Waiting for others, even family, to rally to your aid leaves your fate outside of your own control. There are many services and communities that Chicago residents can become involved with that will support their recovery.

Family Free Recovery

There may not be an easy way to replace the financial support that families often lend to their addicts going into treatment. Diminished financial means, however, still leave options that are better than continued addiction. Debts can pile up as an addiction worsens and takes steadily more of the user’s energy and resources. Although keeping creditors at bay during treatment is ideal, bankruptcy may ultimately become the way to move forward.

Financial limitations may also cut down on the variety of treatment facilities available to you. However, affordable treatment programs still remain available to Chicago residents. Some are supported by government health programs or charities. Others offer a sliding fee scale or options for payment plans. Mutual aid groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, cost nothing and have helped many people with their recoveries.

Stay in Contact

Over time, your family may change their attitudes about your addiction. In order to give this change an opportunity to occur, try to stay in positive contact with your family during the treatment and recovery process. Learning about any concrete positive steps that you are able to make can help your family work out some of the emotions that are blocking them from participating in your life and recovery.

Family support of your recovery is useful no matter how late in the process it begins. Recovery is a lifelong process that can always benefit from support.

Getting Started

If you are a Chicago resident struggling with addiction and recovery options, call out 24 hour helpline to learn more about overcoming an unsupportive family and other obstacles to recovery. The call is toll-free.