Drug addiction and the family

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The unfortunate form of corrupting nature of drug addiction is -that it has the ability to penetrate in to the individual’s personal life and family, even before the addict is able to understand that …

The unfortunate form of corrupting nature of drug addiction is -that it has the ability to penetrate in to the individual’s personal life and family, even before the addict is able to understand that he needs help with his addiction abuse problem.

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  • 1. Drug Addiction and the FamilyWhat are the effects of addiction on the family?The unfortunate form of corrupting nature of drug addiction is -that it hasthe ability to penetrate in to the individual’s personal life and family, evenbefore the addict is able to understand that he needs help with his addictionabuse problem. The addict family is often the first place that getssubverted from its normal life cycle. The loved ones get to see the firsthand, how the drug addiction can deteriorate a person from a respectablehuman being to reduced individual who desperately needs help in the fightwith his drug addiction and family.The most difficult aspect of drug addiction recovery is to be able toseparate your love and unconditional support, from what may be for theirbenefit or advantage. The similar analogy is how you treat a childsometimes; if they do something wrong, you have to be able to not onlyrecognize inappropriate behavior, but also be able to reprimand a child ,thus teaching him a lesson, so he doesn’t repeat the same mistake. At
  • 2. times it’s hard to stand up to your principals, because you might feel bad orfeel sorry for a child or a person, however you have to recognize the factthat if you do not act on it properly, you will become an enabler of badbehavior or any type of addiction. By using a “tough love method” you willbe able to inhibit and discourage a person from his addiction, and helpthem in their journey to full recovery.In many cases the loved ones just “look the other way”, so that they canavoid the confrontation and fights, that can turn in to a domestic abuse. Ifboth partners are weak and in denial about one’s addiction problem, it willlead to self destruction and serious consequences.Being by one’s side to help them with their addiction problem is one thing,however it is not enough to help the addict to stop using the drugs orcompletely recover from them. There are different intervention programsavailable, where a certified professional will coach you and other lovedones to bring the addict to the point of surrender.There is nothing wrong with welcoming a third party assistance in to yourpersonal life; it will allow you to step back and watch the professional takethe appropriate measures and steps to bring the addict to his completerecovery. Your job is to be by the addict side as his moral and emotionalsupport. If the addict is placed in to the rehab center, he will undergosubstance abuse treatment as well as counseling therapy.In many cases the intervention might create uncomfortable scenarios foryou, where you might feel you are not able to perform or be involved, as apart of “tough love” method, However, you have to be strong and are ableto accept directions from a rehab specialists, and make an effort tocooperate with all of the, unpleasant at times, treads of intervention.Keep in mind that you might receive a lot of resistance from the addict, andat times he might even refuse the treatment at some point. However, you
  • 3. need to accept the fact that you have gone above and beyond to help him,and you stood by him every step of the way. You need to knowyou’ve done your best!In many cases the families choose “financial tough love” as the approachfor drug addictions and family. As an example provided by ABC WorldNews with Diane Sawyer, in the article by By JOHN QUINONES andCHRISTINE BROZYNA on Feb. 15, 2010, it discusses a family crisestaken place in the American figures skater Nancy Kerrigan’s home:” A private family crisis played out for the world to see. The brother ofAmerican figure skater Nancy Kerrigan is now accused of killing his ownfather in an alcohol induced rage. Mark Kerrigan’s problems with addictionhave been ongoing for years. His parents even sued their son for morethan $100,000, reportedly to push him toward recovery.It’s a dramatic show of financial tough love, but is it always the rightapproach?”Another example is an unfortunate situation of the famed environmentalcrusader’s daughter, Erin Brockovich:” Two years ago, Erin Brockovich, the famed environmental crusaderplayed by Julia Roberts in a 2000 movie, faced a similar situation with herown daughter. Elizabeth, then 16-years-old, was addicted to drugs andalcohol. Her $500 a week drug habit was funded by money stolen from thefamily.“As a parent, you want to believe your kid, yet you know something’swrong,” Brockovich said. “I’ve cried myself to sleep. And I’ve honestly satand shook in a corner.”When to Step In
  • 4. Sack advises that the time to use tough love approach is when the person is ignoring you. “Then you have to say, ‘We love you very much, but we’re not going to spend money so you can go buy drugs and end up in a worst predicament. We’re not going to support your habit,’” Sack said. “So it means no money, no car, no food, no shelter because ultimately those are the things that can be converted to drugs.” http://abcnews.go.com/WN/tough-love-families-dealing-drug- addiction/story?id=9841591#.UEkarU1lTVY According to the Chicago Tribune article, “Effects of Substance Abuse on Families”, Family Therapy is considered a valuable resource for recovery for family members with drug and alcohol addictions: “Family Therapy According to the “Substance Abuse Treatment and Family Therapy” guide, family therapy is a good resource for recovery for family members with drug and alcohol addictions. How can family therapy help me?• Your family’s strengths and resources can help you find ways to live without alcohol and drug addiction.• You and your family will be better able to deal with the impact of detoxification, the process of cleansing your body from an addiction.• Your family will become more aware of their own needs and feel that they can express their needs safely.• The next generation in your family will be less likely to carry on your addiction.• If you have lost custody of your children, you will be better able to overcome your addiction and reconnect with your family.
  • 5. What should I know about family therapy?• Make sure you find the right therapist or counselor and that you’re upfront about why your family is going to therapy. Family therapists often don’t screen for substance abuse, while substance abuse counselors need proper training and licensing to practice family therapy.• If there is any physical or emotional abuse in the family, family counseling techniques are not an option, because family members must be protected.” For immediate help call : (855) 937-7342 d35r84u14g