Bringing The Family Back Together After Addiction Leaves The Home
Have Family Meals TogetherFrom start to finish, make at least a few meals during the week family meal time. Ask your kids to participate in the meal making process by inviting volunteered ideas. Give each child a chance to suggest a desired dish or favorite meal. Together, make a grocery list, find the right recipes, and create a plan. Prioritizing family meal time will ensure that everyone makes time to prepare the meal together and eat the meal together, celebrating each child’s individuality and ability. During the meal time, make a “no devices” and ask that everyone be present to talk about what is going on in their lives, at school, world’s they’re interested in, and more. Don’t forget to make clean up part of the family effort as well. Create a game, put on music for which there is a shared love, and make clean up fun.
Display A Family ScheduleThe family can adjust to life minus one child while a loved teen or adolescent is in treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction. There will be a short period of adjustment when that loved child comes home. With them comes a new schedule of recovery needs: therapy appointments, psychiatry appointments, perhaps outpatient programs, and recovery support meetings. All of the new parts of their recovery lifestyle are in addition to their normal school and extracurricular activities schedule. A visual family schedule lets everyone know who is where, doing what. There are visuals for time to come together as family, when to plan for projects, when to plan for adventures, and more.
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