Families in Addiction

bigstock-alcoholism-45132571 copyAddiction can tear a family apart.

Seek help whether the effects are visible or not.

Families in Addiction are in emotional pain. The trauma of the experience is no respecter of person in regards to age, gender, culture, socioeconomic status, education or religion. Active addiction is often referred to as a hurricane destroying everything in its path. As a result, the addicted family member and all others are initially caught in the whirlwind. As the storm ceases due to treatment, or in some cases detachment due to the addict’s reluctance to get help, each family member must seek healing from the trauma caused by their loved one’s addiction. Guilt, shame, resentment anger and other emotions must be addressed.

Education and support are important to your recovery from the effects of this disease. This takes time and effort.

Family in Addiction Counseling can address:

  • Science of Addiction
  • Family patterns of addiction
  • Roles in the Dysfunctional Family
  • Co-dependency
  • Addiction Prone Behavior
  • Communication Skills
  • Setting Healthy Boundaries

Support groups such as Al-Anon are great for ongoing support. Locate one or more to visit in your area. As with any resource, find the one that best meets your need.

Helpful Websites:

Al-Anon Family Groups

Codependents Anonymous

Adult Children of Alcoholics