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Supporting a Family Member with an Addiction

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Supporting a Family Member with Addiction: What You Need to Know

Addiction can be a devastating disease, not just for the person struggling with it, but for their family members as well. Watching a loved one struggle with addiction can leave you feeling helpless and overwhelmed, not knowing what to do to help. Fortunately, there are ways to support a family member with an addiction that can make a real difference. Here’s what you need to know.

Understanding Addiction

Before you can effectively support a family member with an addiction, it’s important to understand what addiction is and how it affects a person. Addiction is a chronic brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use, despite the harmful consequences. It’s a complex disease that affects a person’s behavior, thoughts, and physical health.

Recognizing the Signs of Addiction

Recognizing the signs of addiction is an important first step in supporting a family member with addiction. Some common signs of addiction include changes in behavior, mood swings, and physical changes like weight loss or gain. It’s important to approach your loved one with compassion and understanding, rather than judgment or blame.

Getting Help for Your Loved One

Getting help for your loved one is crucial in supporting them through their addiction. Buckeye Recovery offers PHP, IOP, and OP outpatient treatment for addiction. Our treatment programs are designed to address the unique needs of each patient, and we offer a variety of evidence-based therapies and treatments to help them overcome their addiction.

Creating a Supportive Environment

Creating a supportive environment for your loved one can make a big difference in their recovery. This means being there for them, listening without judgment, and providing encouragement and support. It’s also important to set boundaries and avoid enabling behaviors.

Educating Yourself About Addiction

Educating yourself about addiction is an important part of supporting a family member with addiction. This can help you understand what your loved one is going through, and how you can best support them. Buckeye Recovery offers resources and support for families of those struggling with addiction, including educational materials and support groups.

Taking Care of Yourself

Taking care of yourself is crucial in supporting a family member with addiction. This means setting boundaries, practicing self-care, and seeking support for yourself. It’s important to remember that you can’t control your loved one’s addiction, and you shouldn’t blame yourself for their struggles.

Communicating Effectively

Communicating effectively with your loved one can help you support them through their addiction. This means being open and honest, listening without judgment, and expressing your concerns in a loving and supportive way. It’s also important to avoid blaming or shaming language.

Encouraging Treatment

Encouraging your loved one to seek treatment is an important part of supporting them through their addiction. This means expressing your concerns in a loving and supportive way, and offering to help them find treatment options. Buckeye Recovery offers evidence-based treatment programs that can help your loved one overcome their addiction.

Practicing Patience

Practicing patience is important when supporting a family member with addiction. Recovery is a process, and it can take time. It’s important to be patient and supportive, even when it feels difficult or frustrating.

Celebrating Successes

Celebrating your loved one’s successes, no matter how small, can help them stay motivated and encouraged in their recovery. This means acknowledging their progress, offering praise and encouragement, and celebrating their achievements.

Supporting a family member with addiction can be challenging, but it’s also incredibly important. By understanding addiction, recognizing the signs, getting help, creating a supportive environment, educating yourself, taking care of yourself, communicating effectively, encouraging treatment, practicing patience, and celebrating successes, you can make a real difference in your loved one’s recovery.


Look for changes in their behavior, mood, and physical health, as well as signs of drug use like paraphernalia or drug-related items.

It can be difficult to convince someone to seek treatment, but it’s important to continue expressing your concerns in a loving and supportive way, and offering resources and options for treatment.

Yes, many treatment programs allow family members to visit and participate in therapy sessions.

Relapse is common in addiction recovery, but it’s important to continue supporting your loved one and encouraging them to get back on track with their recovery plan.

Practice self-care, seek support from friends or a therapist, and set boundaries to avoid becoming overwhelmed or burnt out.

If you have a loved one struggling with addiction, know that you are not alone. It’s important to seek help and support for both yourself and your loved one. Contact Buckeye Recovery today to learn more about our outpatient treatment options and how we can help you and your family. Take the first step towards healing and recovery.

Kelsey Gearhart

Director of Business Development

Kelsey carries multiple years of experience working in the substance abuse and mental health treatment field. Her passion for this field comes from her personally knowing recovery from addiction.

Prior to Buckeye she held titles of Recovery Coach, Operations Director, and Admissions Director. Kelsey was brought on at Buckeye Recovery as the Director of Business Development. She has a passion for ensuring every individual gets the help that they need, and does so by developing relationships with other providers.

Kelsey also oversees our women’s sober living environments – The Chadwick House for Women. She is committed to creating a safe, nurturing, and conducive environment for all women that walk through the doors of Chadwick.