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Moving Back in With Family in Recovery

Many of us working to recover from addiction and mental illness often find ourselves needing to move back in with family members after having lived on our own. We might be in a tough spot financially and no longer able to afford our own place. We might need the additional support that living with family can provide. We might be feeling too depressed or too vulnerable in our sobriety to live alone. Whatever the reason, making the choice to move back home can be both comforting and challenging for us.

Swallowing Our Pride

Sometimes moving back in with family members can be a blow to our egos. We might feel ashamed of ourselves for not being financially stable. We might feel embarrassed. Many of us feel prideful and have a very hard time asking for help. We don’t want to admit when we’ve come upon hard times. We want to be able to maintain our independence, and we see this move as going backward, regressing in life, and failing both ourselves and our loved ones. We feel disappointed in ourselves that we’re even in this position. When we make the decision to move back home, many of us find that we have to swallow our pride in order to make the transition. We have to summon the humility necessary to allow ourselves to be helped, and we have to open our hearts enough to receive that help.

Avoiding Triggers

When we’re around loved ones while they are still working to recover, their struggles with addiction and mental health issues can be problematic for us. Our loved ones might expose us to their drug use. They might not be supportive of our recovery and might pressure or coerce us to use again, convincing us that we’re not true addicts or that we don’t need to be sober in order to be happy. We might find ourselves surrounded by addiction all over again, after working so hard to extricate ourselves from those circles. We might find ourselves falling back into our addictive cycles, after working so hard to uplift ourselves from them. We have to work diligently in our recovery to ensure that we’re strong and stable enough in our sobriety that outside influences don’t trigger us to relapse. We also will want to avoid anything that is triggering for us until we’ve achieved that level of stability for ourselves.

Living with family while in recovery requires that we be mindful and vigilant about our living environments, what energies we’re exposed to and absorbing, and what choices we’re making. We also have to pay special attention to the health of our relationships, particularly the ones that are close and meaningful relationships that have the power to either support or impede our recovery.

At The Guest House Ocala, we have personal recovery experience

and over 12 years in the recovery industry.

We have helped countless people recover, and we’re here to help you too.

Call 855-483-7800 today for more information.

3230 Northeast 55th Avenue Silver Springs, FL 34488