Creating a Family Recovery Team After Treatment (Parents)
Coping TogetherThere are many ways to connect through recovery but allowing for time away from sober talk and coping mechanisms is just as important as a conversation about boundaries. Everyone, addict or not, needs time to simply live and enjoy the moment. Here are some healthy options to bring the family together.
- Game Night: Schedule a game night once a week where everyone comes together to eat, play, and relax. This can look like a Monopoly tournament, card games, charades, or Pictionary. Getting everyone involved and bonding over something other than addiction can boost household morale and bring the family closer together.
- Scheduled Dinners: Get into the routine of a scheduled dinner night that isn't like the rest. Maybe every Sunday involves cooking a new recipe together, or maybe it's the one night of the week the family orders takeout. Make it special and create it in a way that makes the whole family want to get involved. Give the family something to look forward to.
- Family Trips: Whether it's a planned vacation that's a flight away or a day trip to a local museum, plan out a fun excursion with your family. A mini-golf trip could be fun, but money isn't necessary. Look up local or state parks in your area and pack a picnic. Go on a hike or take a road trip to a new place. The possibilities are endless. Half the fun is figuring out where you could possibly go.
TimeJust because you plan the nights doesn't mean your son will want to jump into it with open arms. It may take some time to work him into the idea of a planned event together, especially if the intervention before treatment was emotional or forced. That's okay. Remember your best and worst teachers and work hard to maintain open communication. It can take an entire school year to get a student to open up. Over time, when he comes around, you will be there to ready to support.
If your teen has relapsed, you don't have to go it alone. Reach out to Stonewater Adolescent Recovery Center for help. Our welcoming staff and proven treatment options are here to support your son and your family in this time of need. Call 662.373.2828 today to get your team back on track.