It is estimated that about 15 million people in the United States have an alcohol use disorder. It is an addiction that is difficult for the individual experiencing it, and for their loved ones witnessing it. But receiving treatment and support makes long-term recovery possible for everyone. With effort, patience, and love there is a light at the end of the tunnel for alcoholics and their loved ones.
Importance of Healing
There are many underlying reasons as to why one gets addicted to alcohol. It could be genetics, psychological, past experiences, and social dynamics. In any case, they are reasons that must be addressed in order for change to happen.
When it comes to loving someone in recovery, many emotions can come up. Alcoholism is not only a harmful experience for the addict, but their loved ones can carry those scars too. Facing those emotions is the first step toward healing. It can be a tough process, but it is a necessary and beneficial one. Origins Behavioral Healthcare points out that, “It’s important to remember that forgiving others isn’t something you do for them but rather something you do for yourself.” When we hold on to pain, we inflict more on ourselves.
Therapy for alcoholics and their loved ones is key. According to Positive Psychology, the goal of Family therapy is “To guide a family towards a healthy life, family therapists aim to aid people in improving communication, solving family problems, understanding and handling family situations, and creating a better functioning home environment.”
Therapy creates a space where we are allowed to express ourselves freely, and that is the first process of letting go. Forgiveness is possible with time and care. Origins Behavioral Healthcare says, “Recovery requires practice that involves consciously confronting the truth, amending our behavior, and giving of ourselves wherever we can.” Rebuilding burned bridges takes time. Forgiveness is possible all around. We can forgive ourselves. We can forgive others.
Having Community and Support
It has been found that those with substance disorders actually experience stronger feelings of loneliness compared to others. Community is a very vital part of recovery. The Dream Center offers programs for those who are in recovery as well as those who are closest to them. It has also been revealed that people with community and support systems are much less likely to relapse after treatment.
Creating a lifestyle change and supporting your loved ones progress builds a stable foundation for everyone involved. Our one-year recovery program is dedicated to building a community for individuals facing life-altering troubles such as addiction, abuse, trauma, homelessness, and so much more. Dreamer Center member Felicia Baird, who has overcome her addiction, has shared that “Since being [at The Dream Center], I feel like I got my heart back. I am no longer afraid.”
By being part of a program aimed toward recovery, alcoholics and their loved ones are able to witness firsthand how many have been able to come out of the other side. It helps keep hope alive.
Love and Patience
Recovery is gradual and may be full of ups and downs. But remember, it is possible to get through those downs. The Dream Center is a faith-based organization that believes in such principles, and there is a great serenity prayer that is often shared during recovery. “Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” One does not have to be spiritual to recognize the importance of letting go of what no longer serves us, welcoming good graces, and recognizing that we are all worthy of the beautiful things this life has to offer.
With love and patience, long-term recovery for everyone is very much possible.
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