Insight for the Journey: Addiction Affects the Family

Insight for the Journey: Addiction Affects the Family

Addiction is an illness that affects the entire family. It is cunning, powerful, and baffling. It can turn love into hate, success into failure, and prosperity into poverty. It is capable of wrecking health, homes, and hearts. Substance use and mental health disorders often combine into a destructive disorder that rapidly intensifies. The illness is pervasive and mean-spirited. It appears intent on first capturing its victims and then killing its captives. Although the client is capable of reasoning, the co-occurring disorder stubbornly refuses to be reasoned with. It is corrupt, selfish, and bitterly entrenched in pursuing its own agenda. 

Family Involvement in Treatment Works 

Substance abuse treatment is often a monumental decision that can make an enormous difference in the length and quality of a client’s life. Once this life-changing decision has been made it is important to get the most out of the treatment experiences. Most people come to treatment with high levels of motivation, a willingness to give it everything they have and a hope to be free from the constraints of their addiction. Having the help and support of family members is a primary and foundational piece of a lasting recovery program. 

Your Family’s Health Matters 

There are many challenges you face as you walk alongside someone with a substance use disorder. If you can, use this opportunity to address your family’s unique issues. You can sharpen your existing skills and develop your already existing strengths. Educate yourself about the neurochemical, social, economic and environmental factors blend together to cause mental health and substance abuse symptoms. Take every opportunity to challenge the way you think, change the way you act, and create positive family relationships whenever you can. 

Embrace Another Chance 

Perhaps your family has already been through numerous addiction related troubles including sobriety starts and stops, lengthy relapses, dangerous health problems, and broken promises. You and your family may have spent untold amounts of time and money. These troubling moments along with your love and care for your family, serve as the chief motivation for seeking help. Our program and these resources are designed to develop hope. You can build confidence and revitalize your commitment to change your life. Of all the directions I could go, up is my favorite. Don’t give up. Don’t let history define your destiny. Grab the chance you’ve been given and make the most of it. 

Recovery is a Journey. Enjoy the Ride!

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