2. Participate in therapy.
Individual and family therapy are two valuable ways to work on improving yourself and show your support for your loved one. Individual therapy provides a safe space in which you can freely express your emotions and deal with the challenges of what it’s been like for you to parent, live with or be friends with an addict. This one-on-one time can also help you address codependency issues and teach you how to replace enabling behaviors with healthier ones.
Family therapy is vital to a successful, lasting recovery because addiction affects the entire family. In family therapy, you’ll work with a therapist to address family dynamics, as well as learn how to communicate more effectively and handle conflict.
Participating in therapy shows your loved one that you want to be involved in their recovery and are actively working on improving yourself and your understanding of your loved one’s struggles.