A Better Today

Addiction:
A Family Disease

When Your Loved One’s Drug & Alcohol Addiction Influences the Family Dynamic

A Better Today understands the reality of addiction. It’s like this: one person is addicted, but the whole family suffers. This is just how addiction goes. Addiction is a family disease because of the effect it can end up having on the family as whole. Instability, sleepless nights, financial trouble, and it can have a negative impact on family dynamics in general.

Addiction can have devastating effects on children, as children can go neglected or exposed to risk. Children, through no fault of their own, can be taken out of the arms of their parents. If the children are young, they don’t understand.

A Better Today provides groups for families who want to learn more about these unconscious dysfunctional dynamics and behaviors. When treating our patients, we look at the big picture. Our patients are returning home to be with their families and loved ones. The best thing we can do for our patients and their families is prepare and teach them too.

Family Devastation: A Consequence of Addiction

For parents, it can be equally as heartbreaking. Parents sometimes watch their beloved child slowly deteriorate. Parents beg their child to go to treatment. Sometimes, addicted individuals even steal from their parents.

For spouses, you may see your bank accounts drained, bills not being paid, dinners eaten alone, or other negative consequences. You may begin to take on all of the financial and parental responsibilities while your loved one binges and indulges in their drug of choice.

No matter who you are, if there is someone with a substance abuse disorder in your family, it can impact you negatively. Addiction breaks hearts, trust, and relationships. This is why A Better Today asks that family be involved in the treatment of their loved one. It is important for your side of the story to be heard too and to find the support you need during this difficult time.

Active Addiction: Codependency & Enabling

Codependent behaviors are very common in addiction. When an addiction goes on for so long, loved ones can begin to unconsciously respond to the individual in an unhealthy manner. Loved ones can also begin to feel a sense of identity in the dysfunctional roles that they play with their addicted loved one.

These unhealthy roles and behaviors can continue on for years and even into the next generations of your family if they are not addressed with treatment and therapy. You and your loved one have to make a conscious decision to change.

Enabling is also very common. Enabling is knowingly or unknowingly helping the addict by denying the drug problem or not allow the addicted loved one to feel the effects of the consequences of their drug use.

It can also mean enabling their drug use by allowing them to live in your home, drive your car, and spend your money to buy their drug of choice. For addicts, an enabling situation is ideal and in this dysfunction their addiction can continue to thrive and progress into a monster of a problem.

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