Uniting as a Family to Overcome Klonopin Addiction

Uniting as a Family to Overcome Klonopin Addiction

Klonopin addiction affects the entire family and not just the addict. The best way that a family can support an addict is to hold him responsible for his choices, actions and consequences related to addiction and to offer support and encouragement when he is ready to find professional treatment.

How Does Family Contribute to Klonopin Addiction and Recovery?

The family unit can encourage or discourage addiction. Families can contribute to Klonopin addiction through the following:

  • Modeling. A child who sees drug abuse as the norm for handling stress or pressure or as a form of recreation is more likely to use or abuse drugs later on. Conversely a family unit that discourages drug use plants that seed in the younger generation.
  • Disruption in family structure. A study in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence showed that in a home where parents divorce or separate during the child’s formative years the child is significantly more likely to become addicted to drugs.
  • Enabling. Enabling behaviors include cleaning up after the addict, lying for the addict, giving the addict money and making excuses for the addict’s actions. According to Psychology Today enabling family members would rather give in to the addict’s demands than deal with the frustration and discomfort of confronting an addict’s behavior.

Because every family member is affected by Klonopin addiction, the entire family needs to work together as the addict seeks to recover.

How Can the Family Support Recovery?

An addict’s family plays a major role in helping him or her recover. A family’s participation during and after rehab can improve the likelihood of recovery and help prevent relapse. However family members who disagree with the addict’s choice to enter rehab or continue to enable addictive behaviors can diminish his or her will to recover and drive to complete rehab.

Addiction recovery often involves the family before the addict ever enters treatment. The family’s role prior to rehab can involve the following:

  • Holding an intervention. You and your family members may need to hold an intervention, which is simply a meeting during which the addict is confronted about his addictive behaviors and is given the choice to go to rehab or face consequences.
  • Setting up travel plans and rehab registration. Before the intervention set up the necessary travel schedule and determine who will take the addict to rehab. This will allow the addict to go directly to rehab and will lessen the likelihood that he or she will back out at the last minute.
  • Not accepting excuses. Even an addict who agrees to go into rehab may try to change his mind, rationalize his behavior or make excuses about why this isn’t the best time for recovery. Refuse to give into these excuses.
  • Reassuring the addict. He or she will be scared and needs to know that your family will be there during and after rehab.

Family support makes entering rehab a less overwhelming experience. You can support your loved one and ensure that he or she has the encouragement needed to get clean and stay clean.

How Is the Family Involved in Klonopin Addiction Treatment?

During rehab the family will be invited to a meeting with the recovering individual and his or her therapist or treatment team. During this time the family will be given the opportunity to ask questions, express concerns and relay experiences and feelings about the addict’s behavior. Other ways family members will be involved in rehab include the following:

  • Giving the recovering user’s rehab team the input regarding the family’s dynamics and how those might influence the addiction
  • Encouraging the loved one to continue in treatment
  • Allowing the individual to see how the entire family has been negatively affected by addiction
  • Processing personal emotional issues so the entire family benefits
  • Writing letters of encouragement
  • Making interactions with the recovering individual positive and affirming
  • Avoiding making your family member feel guilty about being away from the family

Because addiction impacts the entire family system, it takes the entire family’s help and support to overcome Klonopin addiction. A divided family will confuse and discourage recovery efforts.

What Role Does the Family Play after Klonopin Addiction Rehabilitation?

Recovery is a lifelong process, and a family’s involvement never ends. Before the addict returns home, make sure that you have removed any drugs or drug use triggers from the home. You may even ask certain friends or family members not to visit until the addict adjusts to his or her new life. During the first few months after your family member returns home the entire family must adjust to the changes in the addict. The changes in attitude and action may mean that family members must also adjust their own thoughts and behaviors. It is important that the entire family attend group meetings and family therapy sessions that offer continued support and education.

Getting Help for Klonopin Addiction

You can unite as a family to end Klonopin addiction. Call our toll-free number to learn more about family mediation, helping a loved one and finding the best recovery resources available. We are here 24 hours a day, so there is no wrong time to call.