Alcohol dependency and Drug Addiction Are Family Illnesses.

Published: 26th June 2015
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Alcoholism and Substance Addiction Are Family Illnesses

Addiction and alcohol dependency aren't just an issue of curing the addict or alcoholic, the whole family also needs to acknowledge their pain and then get help.

As Al-Anon claims, family members and friends are relieved and surprised once they understand they did not cause the alcohol dependency, and that they can't cure it and they also can't control it.

The family with a alcoholic or substance abuser becomes dysfunctional and falls into turmoil and crisis. It is no longer a wholesome vibrant system. As the drug and alcohol abuse develops your family also grows to be unwell: socially, financially, mentally, emotionally and in some cases physically - with poor health as a consequence of various stress-related difficulties.

Spiritually there's a loss of hope as well as an end to happiness. Friends and family members are unable to differentiate the sickness from the person they love, so there is conflict between caring for the addict and holding them in contempt. An environment of confidence, courtesy, respect, love and kindness is substituted with one of mistrust, dread, betrayal, depression and resentment.

Co-dependency develops as a response to the chaotic conditions in the household of the alcoholic or drug addict and creates unhealthy kinds of relating and behavior. Frequently co-dependents manifest compulsions of their own and a loss of control very similar to those of the substance addict.

Unhealthy emotions, thinking and responses between loved ones and the alcoholic or drug addict begin as coping mechanisms that can help family members survive when they start dealing with great emotional pain, however, these quickly end up being self-defeating. Co-dependency behaviours normally include controlling, perfectionism, repression of feelings, Draconian rules, a deficit of authentic closeness, and behavioral obsessions, including overworking, spending too much, eating too much, religiosity, etc.

Loved ones with members suffering substance addiction or alcoholism also experience signs of denial. Many are not able to acknowledge the magnitude or progression of the issue. Types of denial include anger, blame, lessening the problem, excuses, evasion and deflection. Denial blinds the alcoholic or substance abuser as well as their family members from acknowledging the facts.

Enabling is a very common reaction to addiction that may various forms. It makes it possible for the alcoholic or drug addict to avoid the aftermath of his or her drug and alcohol abuse and conduct. The enabler is a friend or family member that endeavors to assist the alcoholic or drug addict and that will lie for and save the drug abuser or alcoholic from diverse calamities. While the enabler may think they are assisting the person with an addiction the opposite is true. Enablers encourage the illness of dependency to progress to more serious levels.

It's my opinion the addicts healing is dependent on their loved ones' recovery. That's why treatment ought to include educative and family group therapy sessions. Within this protected environment both the addict/alcoholic and the family can be given a possibility to begin the healing of the now and again disastrous consequences of their substance abuse.

Self-care and the care of other family members must become the main concern. Do not allow your family life to be overshadowed from the negativity of chemical dependency. Alcohol dependency and substance addiction can cause isolation, a sense of guilt and shame. By breaking the cycle of silence and denial both the abuser and their family members can begin to understand, get rid of shame and process repressed emotions and thoughts. The family can learn that everyone played a part in the addiction but, no one is responsible for creating it.

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