Alcoholism and Drug addiction is a family disease, and building a strong foundation for continued recovery requires the entire family to heal from the devastation the addiction has caused. Dependency Solutions provides treatment services for individuals and families in California, Oregon, and Washington. An Alternative to drug inpatient or alcohol inpatient treatment.
If a family member is dealing with addiction, you, and every member of your family are being affected. The effects on each person vary. Some may become preoccupied with the addict’s substance abuse, obsess about it and try to find ways to control it. Others may choose to avoid it, deny it or numb the issue. There are those who will avoid conflict at all cost, and remain silent. Some will surrender to a sense of helplessness and ignore or tolerate the addict’s behavior. Many take on the role of “rescuer”. Whatever your role in your family’s situation, denial is a huge part of the disease of addiction. It is not only the addict who can deny or minimize their problem, family members who are at a loss as to how to help may begin to tell them-selves that the addict in their lives is “not that bad”.
Life Revolves Around Addiction
Some members of the family may try to cover up for the addict, i.e. calling in “sick” for them. Others, instead of defending or protecting the addict, may try to punish them for their behavior. There are a wide range of family responses to a member’s addiction, but the common denominator is that life – even for the non-addicted person – becomes centered around the addiction. For the addict, conflicts with their children are common. Children troubled by a parent’s substance abuse may challenge the parent’s authority, fear the user, or be at increased risk themselves of becoming addicts. Conflicts over money escalate due to lost jobs or misuse of funds to obtain drugs or alcohol. Violence in the home may increase. The fact is, the non-addicted members of the family become casualties of the disease, too; often focusing so much on the problem of addiction that their own personal needs are neglected. Relationships suffer. Lost sleep, anxiety, poor self-care, and depression can steal from the quality of life of the non-addict.
The Need for Family Support
For this reason, most rehab programs make support and counseling available to all family members. Setting boundaries and limits with the addict, refusing to enable addictive behaviors, learning about “acceptance’ regarding things you can’t change — subjects such as these are often covered in family therapy during rehab.
Family programing is available on Sundays in connection with family visitations. Educational components, multi-family group therapy and individualized family counseling services are available at our rehab center.
Family members may have concerns about a parent, child, sibling, or other family member but not know how to address getting them into addiction or alcohol treatment. Intervention is widely used to assist families to getting their loved ones the help they need at our addiction rehab center. Addiction inpatient alternative providing alcohol and drug residential experience.