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What Do Friends and Families Need to Know About Addiction Recovery?

Friends and families who have a loved one with addiction may find several challenges to their own healing and recovery. First and foremost, many families do not understand how or why their loved one would become addicted to a substance. The very process of understanding and even accepting this occurrence can be challenging, especially since each person’s journey is different. If your loved one is currently in recovery for an addiction, it’s important that you know you’re not alone – there are many other families struggling with this very concern, and you need to find ways to heal and recover, too.

Earlier in 2018, a mother shared her grief of her son’s addiction via The Washington Post. She stated, “While the questions family members of [those with addiction] ask may differ, the feelings of guilt and shame are universal. Guilt for what we did or didn’t do, said or didn’t say.”

Friends and family need to know that recovery isn’t just for those with addiction. Support groups, such as Al-Anon, are available to help people find ways to heal. In addition, psychotherapy can be an excellent tool to make better sense of the stress their encountering. Those close to someone in addiction recovery must also know to support their loved one by encouraging them as they continue pushing through. Addiction recovery is incredibly challenging because it is a mental and physical process, so motivation is key.

A 2016 study published in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment found that inviting drug-free friends and family to participate in recovery efforts showed a positive association with more favorable treatment outcomes, such as through therapy efforts, relationships, coping mechanisms, use of recovery tools, and more.

Lastly, friends and family need to know that recovery is going to take some time. They have to be patient – many people in recovery relapse, as this is a normal process of finding what works and what doesn’t. Be patient with your loved one and show them you care – lastly (and most importantly), take care of your own mental, physical, and spiritual health.

The mission of The Beach House is to provide success in the recovery process and elevate the standard of comprehensive addiction treatment. Located right on the coast of Malibu, California, expert clinical care and a holistic view of the recovery process is provided to ensure Best-in-Class treatment tailored to the needs of each client. If you’re ready to start your recovery journey today, call us at 310-924-0780.

Saving Lives; Healing Families.


Kimberly James

I am the founder and owner of The Beach House Treatment Center, The White House, Indigo Ranch, Sweetwater Mesa and Beach House Center for Wellness, all in Malibu, California.