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Family Healing Through Rehab Programs

When people think about addiction, they often think about addicts and the harm that drugs do physically, emotionally, mentally, socially, and financially. Sometimes people overlook the damage that addiction can cause on an addict’s family. However, addiction harmsnot only the addict but all of the people who care about her.

How Addiction Affects Families

As a part ofdenial, an addict often blames loved ones and family members for the addiction. Addicts blame their families for contributing to the circumstances that led to addiction and for not understanding that they are victims and cannot be held accountable. My displacing blame for their addictions onto someone else, addictsare able to live behind a wall of denial. However, what does blame do to family members?

An addict’s blame and denial isolateshim from his family members. To avoid confrontations and blame, many siblings and parents distance themselves from the addict. As the isolation increases, it spreads throughout the family. A family that previously enjoyed each other no longer does so. It may even reach a point where simply sharing a meal together no longer occurs.

This isolation can extend beyond the family.Some families avoid social interaction because the atmosphere in the home is awkward, uncomfortable, or even volatile. Isolation encourages the addict to continue avoiding responsibility aslying and manipulation become commonplace. Family members lie to friends and acquaintances about why they are no longer being as social as they once were. Addicts are notorious for lying; lie after lie piles up to build a smokescreen behind which they think they can hide. However, family members also become entrapped in the lies.

How to Help Families Heal

There are twogoals that many families have when they participate in rehab. The first is to support their family member who is struggling with addiction. The second is to heal from the damage of the addiction.In a quality rehab program, counselors work with the addict, each family member, and the family as a whole to help them with the following tasks:

  • Work out the issues
  • Learn how to resolve matters in a non-confrontational manner
  • Increase communication
  • Create a constructive family atmosphere
  • Learn more about drug addiction
  • Learn to identify the situations that could lead to relapse and how to help the addict stay clean
  • Understand methods to handle stress in a healthy manner

Help for Families Dealing with Addiction

There is a life without addiction and we can help you rediscover it. We can help answer any questions you have about addiction and the healing process. We can also explore your options, find out about your insurance coverage, and provide insights into programs and services. So please call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about addiction treatment. We are here to help.