when parents relapse

When Parents Relapse

Dear Friend,

You may have heard that relapse is part of the recovery process. In our last newsletter, we explored how relapse may be part of someone’s recovery journey and also why relapse doesn’t have to be a given, especially when the right support system and structure is in place, like we provide here at Next Step Recovery.

But did you know that parents and family members can relapse too?

Relapse doesn’t necessarily involve substance misuse, although it can. Parents and family members relapse when they slide back into unhelpful coping responses, most often one of more of the behaviors associated with codependency: fixing, rescuing, controlling, blaming, shaming.

So where do we start?

The same place our family member does. We take the first step. We admit we have a problem with addiction—the whole family has a problem—and that we are powerless over it. We admit we can’t fix it.

Just as we are all at risk for relapse, we all can reduce our risk by reaching out for extra support.

If you would like to learn more about family recovery, give us a call at 828-350-9960 or email us at susan@nextsteprecovery.com. We’re happy to share some of the things that have worked for the hundreds of families who have been a part of our sober living program for men. Read more here.

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