My family wasn’t included in Nic’s treatment
Families aren’t often included in treatment even though research shows that when families are involved, informed and supported, the outcomes for those with addiction are better.
I wish I had known about the impact of addiction on families, and had immediately sought help for ours. I would have found a therapist trained in helping families facing addiction. When we finally found a good therapist, my wife and I were helped through a time that tried our relationship. Therapy also helped Nic’s little brother and sister understand and process what they were going through. People often ask me if it’s possible for families to heal and trust again. Because of family therapy, time and commitment, our family is stronger and closer than ever.