Seven C’s of Recovery
Seven C’s of Recovery
The seven C’s of recovery are talking points that can help a child if his or her parent is going through their own recovery journey that help children understand, in their own way, what a recovery journey may look like. Children understand that their parents are suffering from a substance use disorder. They may not have the words to express this, but to a point, they realize that something is wrong. Many times, they believe it is their fault. It is only natural that they have a hard time understanding a loved one’s addiction.
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What are the Seven C’s?
When it is time for someone to go into recovery, often a parent needs to stay for a lengthy amount of time. It is important to talk with your child to let them know that you love them, and your addition is not their fault. Many children believe that addiction is because something is wrong with them. Learning the seven c’s is a starting point to help them understand what addiction is. The most important part of the seven c’s is to let them know it is NOT their fault.
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- I did not Cause it.
Your child needs to know that they did not cause your addiction. They must know that they could not prevent it. How you acted while under the influence has nothing to do with them.
- I cannot Cure it.
Addiction is a chronic and progressive disease. You are not a bad person, but you need help to address the disease. Explain to your child with age-appropriate language that recovery is a long process. You can choose to provide detail to better help your child understand.
- I cannot Control it.
Children love unconditionally, even drug-addicted parents. However, when it comes to drug addiction, your child cannot control or stop you from using it. Most importantly, let your child know that they are not the reason why you use certain substances.
- I can Care for myself
Teach your child that they can take better care of themselves. Help your child understand the ways they already care for themselves. For example, brushing their teeth or combing their hair. Boosting their confidence by encouraging and instilling a self-care routine
- By Communicating my feelings,
Children need to be able to talk about their feeling and feel safe about such expression. Help your child by finding someone they can trust and is willing to lend an ear to listen
- Making healthy Choices
Educate your child on the harms and risks of substance abuse so that they can make smart and healthy choices for themselves moving forward.
- By Celebrating myself.
Celebrate the accomplishments of not only yourself, but your child. Little celebrations for a job well done, getting better grades or even helping around the house are all special ways to celebrate.
How the Seven C’s can Help
The Seven C’s of recovery is important for any child and loved one who struggles with a loved one’s addiction. Involving your child in your addiction can be hard for everyone involved. Nevertheless, it is important to educate them. Your child already has most likely picked up on certain signs. Being honest with them is the first step. When you begin the conversation, it is important to factor the child’s age. Determine how much will be appropriate for them to hear.
Honesty and Empathy
Substance addiction does not just impact the individual who abuses drugs or alcohol. It negatively affects the entire household. Once you have decided to go to rehab, you will want to sit down with your child. Talk to them openly and honestly. Emphasize that they are not to blame for your addiction. Explain to them the situation in age-appropriate material. Detail the plan on how they will live while you are away. Let them know what to expect when you are gone.
It is challenging to talk to a child about your substance use. Leaving is not easy but getting help for your addiction is important to be a better parent. There is not a right or wrong way to talk to your child. Much will depend on their age, developmental stage, and how much your addiction has impacted them. It is important to understand that children are very perceptive; they often already know that there is a problem or that something is not right.
When it is time to go into recovery there are many different treatment programs. Learning the differences can help you navigate your parental responsibilities. Educate yourself on the different treatment plans. Decide on the program that is most beneficial for your situation.
Many parents are unable to commit to an inpatient detox program. Intensive outpatient is set around a schedule that works for your unique circumstances. If this is your situation, you can opt for an intensive outpatient program for recovery. This also is dependent on the type of drug you are using, or if you have a healthy support system at home. You will receive all the benefits of inpatient during the day. All your withdrawal symptoms are monitored and dealt with as they come. When you finish your group therapies and individual counseling you can return home.
Inpatient care is 24/7 monitoring. You have locked into the treatment facility. Inpatient care allows you to detox without the stresses of day to day living. First, your vitals and withdrawal symptoms are monitored in a safe environment. Second, the stress and triggers that can contribute to using are removed. This allows you to focus on your recovery.
For many people, the road to recovery is long. There are many different steps. A step down from inpatient care is aftercare in an outpatient setting. Here you are still attending therapies and counseling that educate yourself on addiction. Often when you have entered a detox program you will discover you have a dual diagnosis. Treating addiction and other health problems is continued in an outpatient setting.
Aftercare is the last step in a recovery program. This is when you begin to apply everything you have learned about addiction. Learning to create healthy boundaries and be consistent is important. Recovery is not something that just happens when you are done with rehab. This is a lifelong process. The seven c’s are an important part of recovery and aftercare. Forgive yourself and make better choices.
Life After Rehab
After you have completed your program you will still need to be vigilant to keep your addiction at bay. There is no cure for addiction. You can only be proactive to keep yourself from falling back into old routines. Remember the seven c’s and apply them to your everyday life. You can make better choices.
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If you are struggling with a substance use disorder call Regency Behavioral Health Services. We understand that addiction is a different path for everyone. Recovery is not a one program fit all. Our drug addiction programs are innovative to transform your life.