Loved One in Treatment: Moving Forward

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If you’re reading this, you currently have a loved one going through addiction treatment. First, we want to say how brave you are for reaching out for help. At MARR, we know that addiction is a family disease. Its effects go beyond the client using substances, to family and friends’ lives consumed with the consequences.

The majority of family members and friends with a loved one in treatment have experienced similar feelings. Shame, guilt, feelings of enabling, trouble setting boundaries, and codependency with their loved ones are just a few. If you have or are currently experiencing any of these, there is hope, and you are not alone.

“MARR has been a lifesaver for my son-in-law and my daughter. He’s been working the program for over two years. It has not been an instant fix for all the problems he has had to face. His whole life is changing because of MARR.”


Maybe you’re thinking that what you’ve experienced with your loved one is too embarrassing or shameful to admit. Many families feel this way. Scenarios such as consistently loaning their loved one money, bailing them out of bad situations (even jail), and hiding the severity of their loved one’s condition are common. Stopping these behaviors is beneficial for you and your addicted love one.

“My mom paid for my alcohol when I was underage. This taught me that I did not have to follow the law and that underage drinking was acceptable. It also taught me that I could manipulate her to get what I wanted.”

(MARR Alumni)



Our goal, and we’re sure it’s yours too, is to help your loved one heal and live a life of full recovery. That requires looking at them from a holistic perspective and realizing that their main support group has a large effect on their recovery. To help you and your loved one, we offer an assigned family counselor throughout treatment, weekly family support groups, a 3-day intensive family workshop designed to provide education, counseling, and ongoing support. Learn more here.

For you, this often will mean working with a counselor to set boundaries for yourself while your loved one is in treatment. They may even encourage you to take time to do something for yourself – whether that be joining a support group, taking a vacation, or picking up an old hobby again. This does NOT mean you aren’t caring about your loved one.

We also will recommend you attend our one-day workshop, Loving Someone with Addiction. This is a time to learn more about what you’ve been experiencing and gain skills and steps to move forward confidently towards your own healing process

Lastly, expect that we at MARR are here to walk with you, even beyond treatment. We promise to walk with you and your loved ones for life.

If interested in learning more about MARR, the first step is a phone call or message to our Clinical Assessment Team. Our licensed and certified clinicians are available for a confidential and complimentary conversation about the next steps you can take to get help. Call us at (678) 736-8694, or you can reach out via the chatbox.

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