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Repairing Family Relationships in Recovery

Many of us have done untold damage to our families as a result of our using. Repairing these relationships takes time and effort. In recovery, our goal is to become happy, joyous, and free, but that freedom comes from cleaning up the wreckage of our past. If we wish to live happily as recovered men and women, we must do everything in our power to set right the harms we have caused to our families.

It may be frightening to re-engage with family members, especially ones with whom we no longer have a relationship with. Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step recovery programs suggest that we make amends with everyone whom we have harmed in our past, including our family members. The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous explains that repairing family damages can be a long period of reconstruction: “A remorseful mumbling that we are sorry won’t fit the bill at all. We ought to sit down with the family and frankly analyze the past as we now see it, being very careful not to criticize them.” Our family members may still be hurt or angry and unwilling to accept our apology, but we show through our actions that we have changed and understand the harm we have caused.

Therapeutic intervention may also be helpful in attempting to repair our relationships with family members. Addiction affects all aspects of family relationships; when one member is addicted, everyone suffers. Family therapy can bring to light many problems that were previously left undiscussed. The entire family has a chance to explore their relationship to the addicted member and to each other in hopes of moving forward with a deeper understanding of how to continually support their loved on in recovery. Therapists are able to mediate these interactions, guiding the family toward a positive resolution with lasting positive outcomes. Addiction is a complex disease, and we must be aware that we are responsible for our harmful past actions. With time, love, and understanding, however, the relationships we have with our loved ones can be mended.

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