The process of recovery goes through both individual and group settings. Often you have to learn to publicly discuss your history and what you are going through to understand and manage the changes in your life.
That’s why group therapy is such a popular method when it comes to rehabilitation, along with other processes. You are supposed to talk to other people about all the wrongs you have committed and then describe what you have learned.
You probably end up talking about your fears and concerns and hearing others. Opening up in a group setting is a great way to listen to viewpoints that may help you find your way or things you may not have considered alone.
Having an individual support plan is important of course, as is developing emotionally healthy relationships, which can be difficult after drug abuse.
Regardless, inviting your family to join in on your therapy can seem daunting and scary in a way that even group therapy does not.
You need to relearn what exactly it means to have a healthy relationship, and sometimes that means having your partner there with you is the best way to do that.
If your kids are old enough, it may be helpful for them to join in too so they can understand better what you were dealing with.
What it Means
Focusing on your environment and mental health is a great way to help push you forward through the recovery process. By making it a family member, you are saying to your family that what they are going through matters just as much as your issues.
You need to learn to communicate appropriately with your family, and this is a great introduction into that. Having a mediated session means that everyone can be careful about what they are saying and have the chance to explain what they mean truly.
You can include your family in more than just the discussions too if they want. You can experience lots of new things together to help express yourselves. It’s a great way to make sure you don’t feel alone throughout your new life.
Learning new coping methods is essential for everyone involved. They can’t just accuse you of using drugs any time something seems off about you, and you can’t be touchy about any probing question.
Focus on Yourself
It can be too easy to get lost in the worries of others though so make sure you continue to focus on yourself when it comes to your recovery. You need to focus on everything that you are learning and discovering about yourself.
Coping methods are an important part of learning to reintegrate yourself with the real world. For a long time, the only thing that mattered to you was drugs, and they took over your life. You need now to relearn who you are as a person and what you want to do.
Focusing on your family is great, but you are the most important part because you alone can succeed when it comes to your recovery.
Good luck on getting there, and make sure you pay attention to your needs as well as the needs of others.