Substance abuse and addiction can affect the family particularly change family dynamics, erode trust, and weaken communication. Family members may experience difficult and painful emotions. However, family can also be the source of strength and motivation to change of substance users. They can help their loved ones achieve and maintain sobriety. Family members can and ideally play a major role in the help seeking, screening, and treatment process – which is LARGELY IMPORTANT!
Families with members who use, and abuse substances unknowingly take on “roles” in order to cope in the unhealthy system. These include:
Our families are one of our most valuable support groups. There is hope for both family members of individuals suffering from substance abuse, and for the individuals themselves. There are various treatment programs available for clients depending on their risk level. Know that it is never too late to fix broken relationships with the help service providers. Contact a service provider near you today to receive tools and services to help restore your family life.
Reference: Addiction Center. (2020). The role of family in addiction recovery. Retrieved from https://www.addictioncenter.com/addiction/role-family-addiction-recovery/