Holiday Season Recovery with Family

During the holiday season, many families spend time together, gathered in celebration. This can be an ideal time to talk with your loved ones about your own addiction recovery. Doing so is never easy, yet it can be essential to gather their encouragement and support.


As you consider ways to broach the topic of recovery this holiday season, here are a few tips to keep in mind.

How to Discuss Addiction Recovery

Take time to prepare. While you don’t necessarily have to write out an entire script, it’s helpful to brainstorm some basic points before you initiate a conversation. Make sure you can answer all of these questions:

  • What do you need from your family? How can they help?
  • What don’t you need from your family?
  • What are the main things you need them to understand about recovery?
  • How can you work together with your family to ensure your recovery is successful?

Put the focus on education and support. It may be hard for your family members to accept that you struggle with addiction—especially if they don’t really understand it, or the role of recovery. Be ready to educate them, invite them to therapy with you, or connect them with a support group. Work to boost their understanding.


Be hopeful but honest. It’s okay to be real about the struggles you’re facing, and in fact, it’s wise not to sugarcoat anything. Let your family members know that recovery is hard and that you need all the help you can get—but also make it clear that you’ve sought treatment, and that you know recovery can be effective.


By keeping these tips in mind, you can create the opportunity for a truly positive conversation with your loved ones.


Reach out to Get Real Recovery to learn more about addiction recovery.

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