Family Therapy in Therapy

They only think of how those addictions are adversely affecting the addicts themselves, when most people think of those struggling with alcohol and drug addictions. Fans make mistakes and bad choices that cause disorder and pain within their lives. Seldom do people consider at first how a dependency might be affecting the family of an addict/alcoholic. And more often than maybe not, most people do not think how family members and family units may contribute to dependency.

It should be noted that the affects can be very damaging, when it comes to drug and alcohol habits affecting the family of an addict/alcoholic. It is possible that even physical abuse and verbal become dilemmas when an addiction is present. Your family of an addict or alcoholic frequently experiences an excellent level of psychological pain as they view their loved one harm themselves again and again. Trust may be lost, resentments may build, and the associations in a family can be very difficult between the addict and other family members.

Let’s also not forget that the presence of addiction in one individual in a family can lead to the growth of addiction in other members of the family later on. That is most common with addicted parents setting an example for their young ones to follow.

When drugs or alcohol are a part of family life, young ones learn early on to control their emotions, withdraw from family conversation, act out or self-medicate as a way to manage their environment. Because alcoholism and addiction are progressive, household members develop ways of coping that are more and more dysfunctional. Generally the children are left to fend for themselves or accept the part of parenting other children within the family.

A number of the features that kids develop in reaction to addiction or alcoholism include:

* Anxiety

* Depression

* Helplessness

* Hypervigilance

* Desire to self-medicate

* High threat behavior


Clearly, approaching the family in rehab is very important. When it is perhaps not resolved once therapy is completed, while the addict is in treatment the addict will come back to the same dysfunctional family system. This increases the incidence of relapse and also sets up the family members for failed relationships in the future. Family therapy can help identify unhealthy patterns within the family. Treatment might help family enhance communication and trust.

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