Addiction Doesn’t Just Impact An Individual, It Can Impact An Entire Family. Find Help For Everyone

One of the most pernicious aspects of addiction is that it doesn’t just affect the addict themselves, it often affects the whole family. Because addiction can facilitate hurtful behaviors like stealing, driving under the influence, and even violence, addiction often affects the people closest to the addict. Because addiction hurts so many people it can be difficult to remember that it is a disease. And diseases can be treated. 


We want to stress that addiction is a treatable disease, and with time and effort, addicts can often be “brought back to normal.” With appropriate treatment, you can have your life back.


Families are often the first group of people that can help alcoholics and drugs abusers to get help. Whether it’s as a benchmark for decline, love and support, or as full blown intervention, families are often the first line of defense for getting addicts into rehab and other treatments.


But what happens to the families themselves? Is there help out there for people who would like to help but don’t know how? Is there help for people dealing with the adverse effects of an alcoholic parent when they were growing up? Is there help for families feeling traumatized because of their loved one’s addiction? 


The answer, emphatically, is yes. Read on for more.   

How Does Addiction Affect The Family

One of the classic signs of addiction to substances like drugs and alcohol, is that the use of these substances begin to affect areas outside of the addict’s life, especially family. It’s particularly heartbreaking when it involves children. 


Some of the symptoms of addiction that might impact the whole family include: 


  • Mood swings
  • Violent behavior
  • Money problems
  • Safety issues, like drunk driving
  • Health problems that the family need to care for
  • Sacrificing family time and support to use drugs
  • Stealing 
  • Secrecy 
  • Denial 
  • And many more


Living with an addict in the family can be extremely tough, and can impact children for years. Many of the children of alcoholics and drug abusers later need therapy to help them unlearn some of the bad behaviors and trauma learned during childhood. 


But remember, addiction is a disease— a disease that hurts people, to be sure— but a disease that can be treated. You can help to make your family whole again, and there are a number of treatment options available

How Can Addiction Be Treated? 

Addiction is usually treated through a combination of therapies, both psychologically and medically. Detoxification is only the first step in treatment for an alcoholic or drug addict, and treatment plans are based on each unique individual. These therapies include: 


  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Therapies to treat past traumas and other mental issues
  • Long-term followup care to make sure the patient is staying sober 
  • Sobriety meetings like AA and NA
  • Sober mentors
  • Sober living situations 
  • Medical solutions like medication that can help to reduce cravings or help addicts taper 
  • And much more


The most basic parts we want you to know are detox is only the first step, and every treatment is individualized. The road to recovery is a long one, and vigilance is required for a lifetime. An initial detox is almost never enough to keep an addict sober and an addict must follow his or her treatment plan to stay off of drugs and alcohol. 


Importantly, this individualized treatment can include the family, if the doctors and/or therapists think this would be helpful for the addict and not harmful for the family. Addicts often need a lot of support in their recovery— like any other major disease— and the family can play an important part in the healing process. 

Does Treatment Involve The Family? 

In short yes, it can, although the ways the family is involved is highly individualized.


Sometimes the family is involved during an intervention, a family meeting where the addict is confronted with their usage and encouraged to enter treatment. Other times, the family can be involved in therapy after the initial detoxification, either in concert with the addict or on their own. 


Family can also be an important part of finding their loved one’s care, and knowing what treatment and insurance options are available for your loved one can be immensely important. 


As long as the family is not enabling behaviors that might cause the addict to relapse, family is an important part of the after care of an addict’s life. Family can be helpful when an addict is trying to get back on their feet, with financial and other support, and stay sober over the long term. 


In addition, because of the hurt an addict has caused, therapy might also be right for the family as well, again, in concert with the addict or by oneself. Oftentimes there are support groups for people who have addicts in their families. One such is called Al-Anon. There are likely more in your area.  

Get Help For Your Loved One For Alcohol Or Drug Addiction In Tennessee, Kentucky, And Florida

If one of your loved ones needs help with drug or alcohol addiction, please give us a call so we can discuss options for treatment. We can be reached at (888) 985-2207 and we are looking forward to your call. Remember, addiction is treatable, and we are looking forward to helping you and your family become whole again. 


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