Family plays a significant role in the realm of addiction. Families can influence the development of addiction, intervene and prevent addiction, help each other find treatment, and support one another through recovery. A family that consists of healthy, strong relationships will be far more influential at preventing addiction or relapse. It does not matter how big a family is or who makes up the family dynamic, as long as everyone truly cares about the other members’ health, wellbeing and quality of life.
Addiction is less likely to occur in families where substance abuse does not take place. However, no person or family is immune to addiction. A strong family unit will be more capable of identifying instances that may trigger substance abuse or addiction, as well as more observant of signs that a loved one needs help. When family relationships and dynamics are strong, individuals will be more likely to listen when family members intervene or confront a loved one about his addictive behavior. Addiction is a powerful disease, and it can infiltrate even the strongest of relationships, bringing anger, resentment, distrust, tension, anxiety, pain and hopelessness. The stronger a family is, the more prepared they will be to combat the effects of addiction and support each other through the recovery process.
In addition, not everyone is ready to acknowledge a substance abuse or addiction problem when approached. Individuals may push people away who try to help, and family members may struggle to look past a person’s addictive behavior and continue to be available when the addict is ready to get help. The stronger a family is, the more adept they will be at helping an addict no matter what.
It Is Never Too Late to Work on Family Relationships
It is never too late to work on family relationships and dynamics, even years after a person finds help for addiction. Life can get messy and people can get hurt, but there is always room for forgiveness and reconciliation. Even if not all relationships can be mended, individuals have to learn to move past difficulties so that they can build or re-establish strong relationships with others. People in recovery will depend on support from loved ones. Family members can offer tangible and emotional support as well as provide addicts with accountability and encouragement. A strong family can surround an addict with love and positivity and reduce the likeliness of a relapse. For families who feel like the future of their relationships is bleak, there are several, highly effective treatment and recovery services that are designed to help families overcome addiction and/or other life issues. These services can help families talk, heal and improve on things like communication and codependency.
Treating Families Affected by Substance Abuse and Addiction
Addiction is often referred to as a “family disease”. We understand that not just addicts need help recovering from addition. If you are a family member who is suffering or has been affected by addiction and would like to find treatment, we can help. Our toll-free helpline is operated 24/7 by recovery professionals who can assist you with your questions, concerns and needed information. There are numerous treatment and recovery services available for all types of relationships and family dynamics. If you would like to learn more, call and speak with a recovery professional today.