Recovery is exciting. You feel better. You look better. You’re living your life better. Everything feels better and you wish, more than anything, more people could feel this way. You have found a path to transformation which works for you. Attending treatment at a program like the one offered through Tree House Recovery in Portland made the process more seamless than you could have imagined. If you can do it, anyone can do it, you feel. Inspired, you set forth to let everyone know that they can change their lives, too.
To your surprise, you’re met with resistance. You may even be met with defensiveness, criticism, or retaliation. Doesn’t everyone want to change their lives, you think? Shouldn’t everyone be thrilled to know there’s a way to be transform? In an ideal world, the answer is absolutely yes. It is likely at some point, the people who love you felt the same way at some point when you were active in your addiction. Until you were ready to recover, until you were ready to change, you couldn’t see the golden promise of the path laid ahead of you. Just like you had to make the decision to step into the arena of change, your family members do as well.
Your passion for your recovery will not go unnoticed. Additionally, your infectious energy and newly found zest for life will not be ignored by all. Typically, a loved one’s recovery sends a ripple effect through all of the people in their life. How you carry yourself, how you behave, the choices you make- all of these parts of your life embody and exemplify the power of recovery. Though you may not be able to force your family into change, the changes you have made in your life will be evident to them. That can be inspiration all on its own.
How You Can Bring The Family Into Recovery
Asking your family to get sober, go to a treatment program, or enter abstinence isn’t the best approach unless they have a diagnosable issue which needs intervention. There are many ways to incorporate family into your recovery and vice versa. For example, you can create a policy of honesty, teach your family healthy communication skills, and set healthy boundaries. At Tree House, fitness becomes a critical component of men’s lives in recovery. Involve your family in fitness, have family exercise time, and go out for hikes or adventures in nature together. When you reach a recovery milestone, invite your family to celebrate. Show your family gratitude for being part of your life, in addiction and in recovery. Share gratitude lists through a group text, help each other set and achieve goals, and offer a willing ear when they need to talk. Together, the family recovers. Change is always possible.
Call Tree House Recovery today for information on our men’s treatment programs in Portland, Oregon where men are finding freedom from addiction by creating sustainable change and transforming their lives, inside and out: (503) 850-2474