3. Supporting your Family Member’s Recovery


Recovery: Challenges for the family

man comforting his female family member who is in a wheelchair

Recovery is slow and gradual. It is important to know that your family member needs to recover at their own pace. During the recovery of a loved one, you may:

    feel that your loved one is emotionally unavailable
    see your loved one having more difficulties coping
    not like the speed or focus of recovery
    feel like you:
      are on a roller coaster
      are walking on eggshells
      are “in the dark.”

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