Family Systems: Addiction and Co-occuring Mental Health Education
Addiction is a family disease. Whether it is a father, husband, wife, mother, son, daughter, or girlfriend, addiction affects everyone in the family: All are not only affected, but each also play a role, which one may not even be aware. Enabling maybe the first thing which comes to mind, but it is not the only role. Together, we explore the various roles each family member plays, and how each person is negatively affected. We look not only at the problem, but search for a solution.
How Can the Family Help?.... In a Positive Way
First and foremost, you are not alone. Just as important, no matter what the addict may say, unless you physically held them down and force feed them alcohol or drugs: You did not cause this problem. As Al-Anon tells us: You did not cause this, you cannot control it, and you cannot cure it. We honestly believe if you could you would have. It is not for a lack of trying. The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous tells us, addiction is "conning, baffling, and powerful": This is true. Tough love, or enabling? This is a difficult decision, especially when a life is on the line: And it is! The sad fact is more people died of drug overdose last year than died in the total in the Vietnam War. Through my experience as a former addict, extensive education; we can help you formulate a strategy, which you can leave comfortable with.
Adult Children of Alcoholics and Addicts
“Adult child” is a term used to describe adults who grew up in alcoholic, or dysfunctional homes. People who exhibit traits that reveal past abuse or neglect. The group can include adults raised in homes without the presence of alcohol or drugs. Too often, this group of people are left feeling abandoned throughout life. An ever present lack of trust, difficulty in forming healthy relationships, as well as a belief they are unfit or unprepared to correctly be a parent are just a few of the trademarks. These adult children are also predisposed to have an addictive mind as well. If you, or someone you care about fits this description, help is here. Families are like a chain, and it takes someone to break the link in this cycle.
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