3. Supporting your Family Member’s Recovery


Supporting and understanding recovery

Recovery is a process that is unique to everyone. It takes time and involves learning new ways of coping and behaving. It can be helpful for you to understand where your relative is in regard to the stages of change, and how you might support them at different stages. However, remember that you are not responsible for the recovery of your relative. While there are things you can do, there are other things that are beyond your control. Accept your lack of control. Your first priority, regardless of what stage of change this person is in, is to:

    take care of yourself (and your children)
    get support
    focus on your own needs and recovery
    recognize that this process is unique to everyone.

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