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Family Addiction: Who Suffers The Most in Addiction, The Family or The Addict?

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Family Addiction: Who Suffers The Most in Addiction, The Family or The Addict?

The Importance of Family Addiction Treatment

Family tends to have a great deal of influence over the way a person grows up or develops. The influence of family can be so powerful, it can get through where nothing else can. The best addiction treatment centers understand the importance of the family in overcoming addiction and use family relationships to help patients struggling with substance abuse. Addiction treatment in a family setting is important as it is the place where a person must feel supported and safe. An addiction can cause problems for everyone in the family, not just the addict, and everyone needs to be able to express himself or herself and learn to deal with the issue of family addiction. The family addiction treatment can help a family to cope with the changes that are required for a new way of life to emerge after the addiction is treated. Family relationships are usually strained the most by addiction which is why this component of recovery should not be over looked. 

Why is Family Addiction Treatment Important?

When a child has a parent who abuses drugs or alcohol, their development can be affected. This can be rectified through individual and family therapy to help them to mature with the right foundation. Additionally, children often take on roles to try to cope with what is happening. These roles include the hero (one who takes on more responsibility than they should), the scapegoat (creates problems to draw attention away from the real problems), the mascot (a person who tries to lighten the situation through humor) and the lost child (a person who becomes isolated and detached from the family). Relationships can be severely affected as a result of an addiction and divorce is common. Re-establishing the relationship between partners is important in the recovery process as they can offer support through the recovery period.

Continued Therapy after Treatment

Family therapy can continue for years after the initial intensive treatment to ensure that everyone in the family remains supportive of each other and old patterns do not surface again. As many as 40 to 60 percent of recovering addicts relapse. Ensuring that the recovering person is properly supported during their post-treatment recovery is crucial to the overall success of the recovery. Family therapy on occasion can be a place where any issue that may arise can be dealt with in a therapeutic environment. Recover as a family.

Explore addiction treatment professional services in your area and find ways to cope with the effects of drug or alcohol abuse. Counselors and group therapy support can be very effective for coping and working through issues that are often brought on by having an addict in the family. Certified substance abuse specialists who are committed to providing strategies for families in addiction have experience evaluating family dynamics and developing plans that encourage healthy healing. Addiction can be treated and neither the addict nor the family needs to continue to suffer as a result of an addiction.

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