Drug or alcohol problems can expose families and friends to unexpected and exhausting stresses. A family member’s drug or alcohol use can cause considerable disruption to normal life. Often that person will attempt to manipulate or deny the reality and gravity of their problem in an effort to protect their family and the addictive behaviour that they’ve become reliant upon.
For those closest to the addicted person feelings of shame, guilt and self-blame invariably surface. These perfectly natural emotions can fuel a cycle of negative coping mechanisms. It can be a painful, lonely experience. However, it is crucial to understand that you are not responsible for someone else’s addiction or behaviour. It may seem counterintuitive for a family that is affected by addiction to seek help for themselves. But through helping yourselves you are actually sending a clear signal to the addict that a change for the better can be achieved.
The right help, at the right time
Whether it be an intervention, private rehab, or specialist addiction counsellors there are many ways to get help and Port of Call can assist you with all of them. Our blogs, for example, ‘My son has a drug addiction’ could help guide the next steps you take. We will give you a free and confidential assessment over the telephone and can then help you to navigate towards the most appropriate course of treatment and support for you and your family. Family support is available at a lot of alcohol and drug rehabs, so you are never alone. Please call our free phone line on 0800 002 9010, we are ready and willing to help you.
NCADD (National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence).
Help for Families
Addiction is a family disease that stresses the family to the breaking point, impacts the stability of the home, the family’s unity, mental health, physical health, finances, and overall family dynamics.