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Addiction is powerful and can consume your life. If you are battling addiction, you may notice that your thoughts, actions, and behaviors tend to center around getting and using your substance of choice. However, your addiction doesn’t only affect you; it affects your family, too. Reaching out for professional help can be a big and scary step, but it will be worth it. Once you get sober, there are several things you can do to help your family support you in the best way they can. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you begin your recovery journey. 


Be Open and Honest


Being open and honest with your family can be challenging. It may make you feel vulnerable and judged. However, this is a big step in recovery. Your family and friends love you. They want to support you. Talk about what you are feeling and experiencing. 


Talk About Triggers


As you begin to work on recovery, you may find it beneficial to talk to your family about your triggers. Everyone wants you to succeed. Letting them know what affects you and how it affects you helps everyone involved. You will always have triggers in some capacity, and learning to acknowledge and be open about them is essential. 


Future Plans


Talk with your family about the changes you plan to make in your life. What are your goals? Where do you see yourself a year from now? Addiction probably affected your relationships, but being open about your process towards healthy living can be a great way to begin the mending process. 


Be Open to Questions 


Your loved ones probably will have questions. If they do not struggle with addiction or mental health issues, they will likely not fully understand what you are experiencing. Be open to their questions and help give them clarity so they can support you better. 


Addiction can affect the entire family. Your choices, behaviors, and actions all impact those who love and want to support you. As you begin your recovery process, you may find it beneficial to be open and honest with your friends and family. Explain to them what you have experienced and how your life has been affected by your addiction and mental health issues. Here at The Guest House, we know addiction and mental health issues can be all-consuming. We are professionals with extensive experience helping people just like you reach their goals and achieve the life they have always wanted. Call us today at (855) 483-7800 to learn more about our treatment options.