Family Dynamics and Addiction

Family Dynamics and AddictionPeople who originate from broken families with a history of substance abuse are more likely to experiment with drugs, and consequently, develop an addiction than others. Those California residents who grew up in a supportive family environment and were encouraged not to use drugs are less likely to face the catastrophic effects of drug addiction. But despite these statistics, addictions to illicit drugs, prescription drugs and alcohol affect every type of family, from the intact ones to the broken ones.

Negative Vs. Positive Family Dynamics and How they Affect Addiction

Supportive family members can make all the difference in an addict’s journey. On the other hand, these powerful relationships can be used to enable the addict, or even to discourage recovery.

Loved ones can either enable the addiction or push the addict toward recovery. Enabling is a passive way to discourage recovery and healing. Enabling comes in many forms. The following are ways family members can enable addicts:

  • Saying nothing, even though they would like to say something. This might be due to fear that the relationship will suffer.
  • Encouraging drug abuse because they themselves have drug addiction and would prefer not to be reminded that they have a serious condition and need treatment
  • Being overly-forgiving and walking on eggshells
  • Being codependent. Family members become so obsessed with taking care of the addict that they neglect themselves and their other responsibilities
  • Giving money or resources to the addict, thereby sustaining his drug use
  • Preventing the addict from learning his lesson the hard way
  • Not being there for him during recovery

Instead of enabling, families can do the following:

  • Have honest, open conversations
  • Encourage the addict and ensure him or her that recovery is possible
  • Take action before the addiction is serious or life-threatening
  • Hold an intervention
  • Enacting consequences
  • Supporting him through recovery

Family members can be the difference between lifelong addiction with dangerous consequences and long-lasting recovery for those Californians battling substance abuse.

Overcoming Negative Family Dynamics

An addict’s loved ones can either help or hinder his recovery. If an addict does not have a supportive and loving family in California who can help him during his time of healing, he must learn to overcome the discouragement brought on by negative family dynamics and rely on himself, close friends, and professional for confidence.

Recovery is also a time for a recovering addict to evaluate his relationships with family members and try to build or rebuild positive dynamics. This is a time of healing and change; recovering addicts, though they face many challenges, essentially have a chance to start over and completely change their lives. One of the many positive aspects of this is finding healing from old hurts, even if they seem unrelated to addiction, and doing his part to make amends for hurt that he has caused.

Help for Drug Addiction

If a loved one in California is addicted to drugs, show your support and encouragement for him by calling our 24 hour toll-free helpline today to speak with our trained counselors. We will connect you with a recovery program that will suits your loved one’s needs and help him achieve long-lasting recovery from addiction. Please call today.

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