Addiction is a chronic disease with devastating consequences for individuals who are dependent upon drugs or alcohol—either physically or psychologically—just to get through the day. Unfortunately, the negative impact of addiction doesn’t stop here.
Addiction also affects the friends, family members and loved ones who are closest to the person suffering from the disease. This is why the family’s role in addiction recovery must be understood and addressed as a critical component of a comprehensive substance abuse treatment program.
If you are close to someone who has an addiction to drugs or alcohol, then you are likely to experience difficult emotions, financial setbacks or even personal injury as a result of your loved one’s disease.
Stress. Anxiety. Fear. Helplessness. Anger. Combine these emotions with mounting expenses related to property damage, legal trouble and hospital bills, and it’s easy to understand why family members often begin to feel hostile or resentful toward their addicted loved ones.
Not only is this a stressful way to live, but hostility and pent-up anger—justified as it might be—can actually make recovery from addiction more difficult for those with the disease. That’s because addicted individuals often use drugs and alcohol to cope with their emotions instead of working to resolve the underlying cause of the conflict. In many cases, family conflict prolongs recovery or triggers a relapse.
By emphasizing the importance of family involvement in addiction recovery, we can help give our clients the best chance at long-lasting sobriety. We can also help ease some of the pain and anxiety that family members and loved ones have grown accustomed to living with every day. Remember, the disease of addiction encompasses much more than a dependence on drugs or alcohol. It affects all aspects of a person’s life, including their interpersonal relationships.
If someone you care about is thinking of entering a professional treatment program for addiction, or is currently receiving treatment, we strongly encourage you to take advantage of the family therapy process offered by the rehab center. If the addiction treatment center your loved one is considering doesn’t offer family therapy, we highly recommend you find one that does.
Cycles of Change Recovery Services in California is here to help you and your loved one gain the knowledge, courage and coping skills needed to live a happier, healthier, drug-free life. Learn more about our rehab services and treatment options, or fill out our form to get help today. If you’d rather talk to someone who will listen to you, don’t hesitate to call.
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