Friends and Family Treatment
How addiction affects the family
Therapy for addiction is usually centered around the person with the substance abuse problem. However, addiction often affects the family as much as it affects the person with the problem. One of the biggest struggles that family members of addicts have is whether they should let their loved one go or not when they have a severe addiction.
Many people feel the need to distance themselves from their loved ones who are struggling with addiction in the hope that they will get better. But, in fact, many addicts have even more trouble trying to get clean after they have been abandoned by their families. If communication has already broken down or been cut off, family members must do their best to reach out because their support of the addict is more important now than ever before.
How family can support a loved one who has an alcohol addiction
Family members can help an addict through their recovery by doing the following:
• Encouraging them to seek help through a rehab programme or addiction counselling
• Educate themselves as well as other family members about addiction
• Take stock of and address any of their actions that may be enabling or contributing to the addiction
Addiction is rarely a problem that is isolated and involves one person. Addiction treatment will often uncover family issues such as the substance abuse of others living in the household, conflicting relationships, traumatic events in the person’s or family’s past, and a history of violence. Exploring these issues can often be uncomfortable for the family and, at times, even painful. The effects of alcohol addiction can be long term as well as short term, so the whole family must heal together.
Don’t be afraid to address the addiction
Many family members worry that addressing the problem of addiction with the addict will drive them away, or cause them to do something drastic or irrational. The addict might leave home or create a scene in front of other people. They might try to hide their substance abuse or act out towards other members of the family. On the other hand, discussing substance abuse may prove to be an educating experience and help the addict to move forward in seeking help. They may not have noticed any changes in their behaviour, or they may not have realised how severe their addiction was or that it was causing problems for the whole family.
Being patient through the treatment process
Most family members want to see their loved ones stop drinking alcohol and get clean immediately. However, quitting many drugs cold turkey, including alcohol, can make withdrawal worse and even cause the addict to have serious medical issues, including seizures or a stroke. A detox center is the safest, most effective form of treatment for withdrawal. However, the process can take time, depending on the severity of the addiction. Families must be patient with their loved ones through this process and continue to support them.
If you have a family member who is struggling with addiction, contact us at Harley Street Alcohol Detox Organisation. You can contact us through our web page or by telephone.
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Alcohol Addiction FAQ's
We offer locations for alcohol rehab centres nationwide, call our team on 0333 444 0434. They will be able to advise you on treatment options available in your area.
This all depends on your personal circumstances. We ask that you contact our team on 0333 444 0434 so that we can fully understand your situation and needs.
We’ll talk you through a short telephone questionnaire designed to help us provide you with the best possible care.
We then set a date and time for your admission and you can look forward to a new start in life.
Absolutely yes, so many people are not even aware they have a mental health problem and many people don’t make the connection in children and mental health. The alcohol can become a ‘solution’ for a persons mental health. At the start it will seem as if the alcohol is quieting the mind, but in time as the addiction progresses it will only add to any mental health problems the person has. It is also difficult to diagnose a person with mental health while under the influence of alcohol.
As well as being directly related to many serious diseases, drinking large amounts of alcohol can also lead to poor sexual performance, and it can harm an unborn baby. If you have an alcohol related problem, there are many ways in which you can get help to reduce your drinking, and there are also many services that you can use that will help you stop altogether. Definition The problems associated with alcoholism, or alcohol dependence, are wide ranging, and can be physical, psychological, and social.
There is no definitive cure for addiction. However, rehab can provide patients with the skills needed to successfully manage their addiction and remain sober. Recovery from addiction is never over and patients will need to work on their ability to avoid relapse for the rest of their lives. A high quality addiction rehab programme sets patients up for this process.
Most people can enjoy a casual night out with friends, have one or two drinks and then stop, and they might not drink again for several days. They enjoy a drink, but they don’t NEED it.
If you feel that you would like to talk to one of our experts and see how we can help you, call us on 0333 444 0434.