Substance use disorders do not just impact the individual struggling with alcohol or substance abuse. It impacts the people in their lives—children, parents, spouses, partners, friends and other family members.
If you have a loved one who is in the grips of their disease, you are probably experiencing a range of emotions, such as anger, sadness, distrust, guilt, fear and helplessness. These are all very normal emotions during what seems like a time that’s anything but normal.
Where Hope Begins
Hopefully, if you are reading this, your loved one is considering treatment or has entered treatment. That’s a big step for all of you. While your loved one is receiving help, it’s also time for you to focus on yourself.
As your loved one is in rehab, we encourage you to take the time for self-care. It’s time for you to start healing from the tumultuous time you’ve been through.
Your Role in a Loved One’s Recovery
We regularly remind family members and support systems that:
- It’s not your fault. There are many factors that contribute to a substance use disorder. However, it’s important to recognize that this is a disease. It’s not a result of something you did.
- It’s not your job to fix your loved one. During treatment with us, your loved one will take ownership of their recovery and how to navigate it.
Most likely, you want to understand how you can support your family member or loved one in their recovery—and that’s wonderful. We firmly believe in the power of support by loved ones. It’s why we offer our Pinelands Family Program to the loved ones our patients have agreed can be part of their recovery.
About the Pinelands Family Program
The best hope for lasting recovery is getting the family involved early in the process. Understanding all aspects of substance use disorders from your loved one’s perspective and from yours is key to the lifelong success of recovery. Participants in our family program will learn:
- Support vs. enabling
- Encouragement vs. triggering
- Acceptance vs. rejection
- Support for you
They will also gain the insight and skills needed to support their loved one through:
- Counselor-supervised family calls
- Two on-site meetings for loved ones per week
- Access to our online library
- A support plan for patients and loved ones after discharge
We Offer Hope
Family members regularly tell us that our program gave them the skills and confidence they needed to heal relationships and be a productive part of their loved one’s recovery.
“Anyone should sleep better at night if this is where they decided to send a loved one. I have a loved one at this facility and it’s up to the person with the substance use disorder to take the tools they are taught with them. My loved one has been to several treatment centers and this treatment center goes above and beyond! The staff is awesome. I would recommend this treatment center to anyone!” – Laura J.
Reach Out Today
If your loved one is struggling with a substance use disorder, please reach out to us at (609) 308-3114. You don’t have to go it alone. We’re here to help you and your loved one find a path to recovery.
“This is by far, above and beyond, the best treatment facility I have ever seen. The quality of care and concern is #1. Every one of our daughter’s needs and our needs were met by their great staff and team of therapists and doctors. A true-life changer. Thank you.” – Anthony V.
Signs Your Loved One Needs Help
Watching your loved one struggle with a substance use disorder can be gut-wrenching. You may feel as though you have failed as a parent, sibling or partner and are completely helpless. Maybe you have held an intervention, but they were in denial? Perhaps you are unsure whether your loved one is struggling with a substance use disorder or if it is just a phase? Perhaps you are unsure what to do next? It is always important to support your loved one, listen and communicate with them, compassionately, about why you are concerned about their behavior. Helping your loved one get help and enter into treatment can potentially be lifesaving.
The following are warnings signs that your loved one should seek treatment for their substance use disorder:
- Change in mood, attitude and motivation
- Social isolation
- Replacing old friends with new friends
- Poor performance at school or work
- Sudden weight loss or gain
- Sudden financial hardships
- Lying or stealing
- Change in behavior
- Change in sleeping patterns
- Loss of interest in hobbies
Does this Sound Like Your Loved One?
If you recognize these warning signs, we encourage you to reach out to us at (609) 308-3114. We understand this is an overwhelming time for you. We’re here to help you and your loved one get the treatment they need. We’re here to guide you through the process of healing and recovery. We’ve got you.