For the Family – The Importance of the First Step

“We admitted we were powerless over alcohol/drugs – that our lives had become unmanageable.”

~The First Step of Recovery

When someone enters a rehab program for an alcohol or drug problem, their family members are often surprised that they, too, could benefit from professional counseling and participation in their own program of recovery.

“Why do I need to get help? They’re the one with the problem.”

But here’s the point – addiction is a powerful and baffling disease. It slowly isolates the substance abuser by separating them from their family and friends, while at the same time wreaking havoc on the lives of everyone around them.

This means that if you love an addict or alcoholic, you are suffering right along with them. You ARE powerless over addiction, because you can’t reason with it, control it, or cure. Your life HAS become unmanageable, because in a desperate attempt to help the afflicted person, you are losing control over your own life.

Ultimately, participating in a fellowship program grant you the freedom to regain your own sanity and serenity, regardless of what your addicted loved one. But it comes at a price – acceptance.

When we accept that our loved one has a disease that we can’t control, rather than a personal flaw that we must correct, we free ourselves from the burden of trying to handle by ourselves. In other words, by admitting that we need help, we open up ourselves to the possibility of receiving help.

If you live in Southern California and someone you care about is struggling with alcoholism, drug addiction, or the misuse of prescription medications, Lasting Recovery outpatient treatment center in San Diego can be the trusted resource your family needs.

Lasting Recovery – “Where Wellness Begins…”