It’s that time of year again…back to school! For many parents this is an exciting time as the summer months can get long when trying to balance full-time jobs, housework, and caring for children that are home for the summer. For those in recovery and enrolled in school, this time of year can be extremely stressful.
Managing recovery for yourself or a loved one with the demands and obligations of school looming over the horizon can be tricky. Now more than ever it is essential to ensure you have a healthy support system in place. There is no one right way to deal with the requirements of school while in recovery, but anything is possible, and with the right team in place, you can make this happen.
Whether it be a college student living at home with parents, or a young adult with a family returning to school to further their education, attending school is a huge commitment. Keeping lines of communication open with your support system is crucial. Discuss everyone’s specific roles and contributions and set expectations for what things will look like when you begin school. How will you let your family know if the stress is interfering with your recovery? How will your family let you know if they become concerned about your behavior? Some find regular family meetings to be an excellent way to ensure communication stays positive.
Sometimes having a third party join as a part of the process removes some of the demands on friends and family and allows them to be just that, friends and family. If you are a loved one find the upcoming school year daunting in terms of the progress of your recovery, consider calling Hired Power to chat with a professional about treatment planning services, sober companion possibilities, or case management services. It is essential to have a team of people familiar with addiction to help you navigate potential pitfalls and hurdles as the school year begins. Working with a group of experts can give you the confidence to create unique solutions that fit your life and your needs. Call Hired Power today at 714-559-3919 to discuss your personalized treatment plan.