Addiction is often called a “family disease” because it affects not only the person struggling but those closest to them as well. Unfortunately, because of the pain addiction often causes, many family members may choose to cut off the person struggling from their lives to protect their own well-being. This can be difficult for the person struggling, as many family members remain distant even after the person enters recovery. However, you don’t have to suffer forever. Learning how to navigate recovery without family support is possible.


Changing Your Definition of Family


While the word “family” is traditionally used to refer to the people you are biologically related to, this is not it’s only meaning. There is a different type of family that you can have known as your “chosen family.” These are the people that you choose to have in your life because they care for you, support you, and will continue to be there for you through all of life’s endeavors. 


There are no rules surrounding who these people are, meaning they can be close friends or even the individuals you meet in treatment. Accepting that family has different meanings can help make recovery easier.


Practice Patience and Take Care of Yourself


During recovery, you may try to reconcile with family members you have lost touch with because of addiction. While you hope that they will come around, it is essential not to rely on their presence in your life to drive your recovery. Taking care of yourself is crucial for a successful recovery. Finding a support group, giving back to the community, and hanging out with sober friends are the best ways to ensure lifelong sobriety. 


While it would be nice to have family around for support, practicing patience and finding the courage within yourself to continue with recovery is how you will maintain lifelong sobriety.


Not having your family there to support you during addiction recovery can be challenging to cope with. You are already going through so much as you navigate recovery, and you need proper support to help you through this journey. Finding your chosen family and learning to take care of your sobriety is crucial for lifelong recovery. For help on this journey, Alta Loma Transformational Services is here for you. We provide men of all ages with support for recovery and mental health services. Call us today to learn more at (866) 457-3843.