Drug use and addiction can negatively impact both the addict’s family and friends. Because of this family members often ignore the struggling family member or ignore the addiction. By ignoring the addict and their addiction, the addict can lash out or turn to drugs for comfort. Family and friends need to remain strong and continue to care for the well being of the addict.
How Does Drug Use and Addiction Impact Families?
Many addicts do not see their addiction has a negative impact on their life or the life of others around them. This can cause major strain on the addict’s personal relationships. Included in the following are some of the ways addiction impacts families:
- Trust issues
- Money difficulties
- Health problems
- Relationship hardships between other members
Addicts often lie to persuade family members to give them money to support their addiction. This can cause trust issues as well as money difficulties when family members feel guilty and donate their personal money to help the addict. Family members will constantly worry about the addict. Where are they now? Are they ok? Do they need my help? This can cause many health problems such as ulcers, anxiety attacks, and insomnia. Family members who constantly give the addict money or shelter can be seen as supporting the addict’s addiction and this can cause other family members to look down on or degrade the family.
How Can a Family Help A Struggling Member End Drug Use or Addiction?
Once family members decide to acknowledge the addiction, they can then help the addict in the following ways:
- Research treatment options
- Remove all drug paraphernalia from the environment
- Give the addict rules while living in your house
- Positive support
Until the addict sees his or her addiction negatively, he or she will continue to use. For family members wishing to be proactive in the recovery process they can help the addict by researching the treatment options that are available for the addict’s situation. No longer allow drug paraphernalia in your house or property. Give consequences for the addict’s negative actions. Always remain supportive. Talk to the addict and when they are struggling reinforce how happy you are that the addict is trying to achieve and maintain sobriety.
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