Addiction is a family disease. It may be true that only one person in the entire family structure uses drugs or alcohol. However, the entire family is affected by that use.
Addiction is a disease of the mind, body, and soul. Addiction wreaks havoc on the family without so much as a second glance.
The addict desperately wants to believe the lie their addiction tells them – “you are only hurting yourself.” Though, somewhere deep inside the recesses of their hearts, they know this is not true.
The families that witness their loved ones go down the heartbreaking spiral of addiction are deeply affected. We would like to take this time to offer you a gentle reminder that if your addicted loved one could stop your pain, he or she would. Addicts would also stop abusing drugs, if only he or she could. Addiction requires outside help to overcome.
Addiction is Not a Matter of Choice or Willpower
Those that suffer from addiction are controlled by an insatiable need to feed their addiction, no matter what. This is often times, at the expense of their families and loved ones. If you have a loved one suffering from this debilitating disease, please be aware that they are not a “bad” person. They are a “sick” person.
Addiction causes family members to become sick right along with the addict. If you are a family member of someone with an addiction, we understand your pain, fears, frustrations, and stresses. Addiction can cause members of the family to be just as traumatized as the addict who is desperately seeking his next high.
Explore with us some examples of what can happen to family members of addicts and see if you can relate:
Overpowering fear of loss of control
Recovery shouldn’t solely involve the addict. There are many avenues of recovery for the whole family. In fact, recovery can occur for family members well before an addict decides to seek help.
A program of recovery for family members is an essential part of families gaining their lives back after the destruction of addiction.
Programs such as Al-Anon, Families Anonymous, Parents Anonymous, and Ala-Teen are great resources and stepping stones for beginning your personal journey of recovery.
Benefits of Family Therapy
Family therapy is a huge step towards healing for the overall family after addiction strikes. Family therapy may be used in conjunction with several other recovery techniques, thereby giving you and your family ample methods to succeed.
We believe in not only treating the addict, but also providing extensive assistance and treatment for the whole family. Our caring and skilled family therapists can help your family recover from the seemingly hopeless state of addiction.