When a family member struggles with addiction to drugs or alcohol, their struggles affect the lives of each member of their family, too. Their behavior and actions can cause their family stress, pain and worry, and leave them feeling powerless to make the situation better. Unfortunately, feelings of guilt, shame, denial and anger can take the focus off of what is most needed, which is to get them the help they need to recover and heal. And while recovery begins when an addict accepts that they have a problem and is finally ready to accept help, it is also important for family members to understand that recovery should include programs that help the family as well. Recovery is for addicts and their families.
Addiction can affect each family member or friend differently. Children of an addict may feel guilt and responsibility for the problem. They often experience depression, anxiety and low self-esteem, and many attempt to deflect attention from the addiction by either acting “too perfect”, or by acting out with behaviors such as lying, stealing, or fighting.
Spouses of addicts become more preoccupied with the problems of the user than with their own health and well-being. They will often deny their own interests, hobbies, and friends in order to cover for their addictive partner. They frequently deny the seriousness of the problem by convincing themselves that things aren’t that bad. Ultimately, this behavior can lead to low self-esteem, anger, and depression.
At White Sands Treatment Center, we understand that addiction rarely affects only the individual struggling with dependency. We know that a successful addiction recovery also involves working with family members like you. Our group counseling programs support and educate you and your family about the process of addiction, while acknowledging your pain and offering you an opportunity to heal, too. We provide a safe, confidential environment to discuss your feelings, understand how your loved one’s addiction is impacting you and your family, and give you the tools you need to help repair relationships and create an emotionally healthy family environment again.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.