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. Everyone is not only affected, but also plays a role, which you may not even be aware of: 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 they are negatively affected.
How Can the Family Help?.... In a Positive Way
First and foremost, you are not alone. Just as important, no matter what the addict says, unless you physically held them down and force feed 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 this. We honestly believe if you could you would have. It is not for a lack of trying. Addiction is "conning, baffling, and powerful": The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous tells us. Again, this is true. Tough love, or enabling? This is a difficult decision especially when a life is on the line: And it is! As a former addict, and through 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, and 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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