Life After Rehab: My Personal Family Experiences
Addiction has been a part of my family life for as long as I can remember. Although I had a wonderful caring family and feel I was raised well by my parents, the disease of addiction is present in my life and the lives of my children.
Going into rehab at 32 was an eye-opener for me. I found myself sober with a life I knew very little about. My children were five, six, and 11 years old at the time, and I was determined that they would not be naive to the cunning, baffling world of addiction. I took my children to the AA meetings that I attended regularly — after all, they had been with me during the “bad” years of my addiction, so they should also see how to find help and recover. Who knew at that time I would sit beside one of my children on their path to recovery 17 years later.
My child went into treatment in February of 2017 and spent the following two months in residential treatment. There are many things that my children do that make me proud, and going to treatment was no exception — especially knowing firsthand how difficult it is. I felt no shame when my child was in recovery; I was, and still am, very proud of his courage.
The bottom line is that recovery isn’t easy. Not for the person recovering, and not for their friends and family. I’ve been in both positions, and I’ve learned that my number one priority is love and support for my children. There’s a chance there may be a relapse with sobriety, but there will never be a relapse in my love and support. Remaining open with others as you learn to forget your old habits and form new ones will help you gain a lot of knowledge from people who are on their own journey to recovery.
Treatment is not a quick fix, but it is a great start, and I promise you it will be worth the work.
Remember to love and support your family — blood or otherwise — even through the slips; you never know which slip will be the first or last.
LeAnne Price LPN
Detoxification Management Unit
Aurora Recovery Centre