Drug Addiction and the Family

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Drug Addiction and the Family

While some of the effects of drug abuse on the family are obvious, others are subtle and hard to pinpoint. Fortunately, some strategies allow you to help yourself and your family endure the challenges of the treatment process. Treatment programs home page

Find various strategies below to help ease the effects of drug abuse on the family.

Drug and Alcohol Detox

Drug addiction and the family don’t usually go together. The most obvious way this manifests is in a parent feeling shame or guilt over a child’s addiction. Often, this can turn to anger and frustration.

Many parents beat themselves up with statements like, “I should have done this…” or “I was a bad parent.” Therapy is a safe place to express these overwhelming emotions. Treatment is a safe place to begin healing the wounds drug addiction has placed on the family.

Your therapist will engage you about how you’re feeling. They’ll help you find healthy ways to cope with negative and conflicted emotions. When you’re emotionally healthy, you’ll better be able to support your child, as well as the rest of your family, through the recovery process.

Addiction is an all-consuming disease for addicts as well as their families. While it’s natural to feel stress when your child is in treatment,(long term addiction treatment) it’s not healthy to ignore your needs. Schedule time to indulge in activities that nurture your spirit. For example, take a hike, take a vacation, or spend time working on a project. These simple steps help more than you may think.

Another major byproduct of drug addiction and the family (family services page)is a tense relationship between you and your partner. Perhaps you’re focusing so much on your loved one’s addiction that you neglect your romantic relationship. Reconnecting with your significant other can be as simple as setting a date night.

However, if you’re unable to resolve conflicts, it’s worthwhile to seek couple’s therapy. A skilled therapist (Outpatient therapy)will help identify the effects of drug abuse on your family, as well as problems in your relationship. They’ll then be able to help you both find effective, healthy ways to work through them.

It’s easy for a family to get so wrapped up in one child’s addiction that other children or family members feel neglected. Commit to spending quality time with your other children. Allow each child to choose an activity they enjoy, whether it’s going to a favorite restaurant or spending time at a park.

Connect with your children during the course of regular days as well, doing simple things like walking the dog, or packing lunch together.

Addiction is an all-consuming disease for addicts as well as their families. While it’s natural to feel stress when your child is in treatment,(long term addiction treatment) it’s not healthy to ignore your needs. Schedule time to indulge in activities that nurture your spirit. For example, take a hike, take a vacation, or spend time working on a project. These simple steps help more than you may think.

Addiction can have a devastating, long-term impact on your child’s life. That’s why it’s essential to do everything possible to help your child overcome it. Therapy facilitates recovery, but the support and guidance of family are just as important. They can be some of the most critical factors in your child’s long-term success.

So, what can you do to help your child or loved one while they are in drug or alcohol rehab seeking treatment? What can you do to ease the effects of drug abuse on the family? Find out below.

Drug addiction and the family don’t usually go together. The most obvious way this manifests is in a parent feeling shame or guilt over a child’s addiction. Often, this can turn to anger and frustration.

Many parents beat themselves up with statements like, “I should have done this…” or “I was a bad parent.” Therapy is a safe place to express these overwhelming emotions. Treatment is a safe place to begin healing the wounds drug addiction has placed on the family.

Your therapist will engage you about how you’re feeling. They’ll help you find healthy ways to cope with negative and conflicted emotions. When you’re emotionally healthy, you’ll better be able to support your child, as well as the rest of your family, through the recovery process.

It can be overwhelming and scary to have a child in rehab. Don’t let this anxiety prevent you from being the best possible advocate for your child. Never hesitate to ask questions about the treatment process. If you’re concerned about a particular course of treatment, get a second opinion.

Don’t allow your child to be in charge. Addicts can be incredibly manipulative. Your loved one may insist that they’ve learned their lesson. If you don’t do what they want, they may vow to never speak to you again. Expect all sorts of tactics, including crying, threats, silence, and begging. Listen to your child, but then set a firm boundary.

Treatment at Lighthouse includes family therapy. This is as much to assess the effects of drug abuse on the family, as it is to begin to heal the family from active addiction.

Make it a top priority to participate in your child’s recovery by attending all phone sessions, even if you need to set aside other commitments to do so. During therapy, you’ll learn how to work with, rather than against, your child. This is an invaluable resource for a successful recovery.

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