Substance abuse doesn’t only affect the addict. Every single person in an addict’s immediate family is in some way affected also. Finances and psychological well-being are just some of the ways that family and friends also suffer. Addiction puts a strain on relationships and healing can only begin with proper support.
There are many ways in which the family can react to substance abuse:
Sometimes family members deny there is a problem altogether. However, denial also includes making excuses for addict’s behaviour, hiding the addiction from other family members, taking care of their finances or justifying the addict’s behaviour in social situations. This only perpetuates the addiction and actually enables the addict to continue their behaviour.
Some family members may feel that they are to blame for the addict’s drug or alcohol abuse. They feel that “if only” they had done something in the past, their loved one would not have spiralled into addiction.
There are many reasons a family member may choose not to act. Maybe they don’t know how to handle the situation. Maybe they are afraid to say or do the wrong thing or they are afraid they will make the situation worse. As a result, they end up distancing themselves from their loved one.
Confront the Addict
Often, there are one or more family members who deal with the problem by becoming angry. They might believe that stopping substance abuse is a matter of sheer willpower. Therefore, they are angry that the addict is simply choosing to be in this situation.
Addiction is a disease that can be overcome through professional and confidential help. However, full recovery can only be achieved when the entire family heals.
Triora offers comprehensive treatment for substance abuse. This includes professional and confidential family counselling. We are committed to giving the addict the best possible chance of recovery and for that reason family counselling in all our treatment packs.
Our team is made up of highly experienced professionals, including medical and nursing staff, psychologists and therapists, all working with our unique model of addiction treatment which has been shown to be one of the most successful ways of treating addictions.
Throughout the treatment, we work with the patient and their family to understand the relationship dynamics and talk through sensitive matters. We can help identify and work through tensions and problems in the family caused by addiction.
Triora highly recommend family therapy. Patients who receive this treatment are more likely to remain clean and free of addiction.
If you or a family member is struggling with addiction, contact Triora today. Triora is part of Parnassia Group, one of the largest providers of mental health services in the world, with a 400-years history employing over 12,500 professionals.
For more information visit www.triora.uk
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