The path to recovery from drug or alcohol addiction is a very personal one. Often an addict wants to “go it alone” with just the help of a counselor because they don’t want to expose loved ones to the dark details of their chemical dependency. However, getting family and friends involved in a treatment plan can help a person stay strong and focused on getting well when the inevitable challenges arise.
The support and involvement of family and friends can provide many advantages, including:
Stress relief. Spending time with loved ones can help someone fighting addiction feel safe and protected when the stresses of life seem overwhelming. Rather than choosing to self-medicate, the person can rely on that sense of connection to help them remain calm.