Addiction is a disease of the family. When a member of the family is struggling with addiction, the family needs to seek treatment. Addiction affects the family system. It creates dysfunctional behavior cycles and patterns with long-standing consequences. Addiction is pervasive and detrimental to all members of the family. No one chooses to be an addict. The feelings of shame and guilt can be crippling. Addiction is treatable. Some forms of treatment include detoxification, inpatient treatment, 12-step programs, psychotherapy, psychoeducation and medication management.
How will therapy improve my family struggling with addiction? Therapy can:
· Improve communication
· Provide validation
· Provide education to create understanding
· Promote empathy
· Help to develop and express emotions effectively
· Help to seek and find happiness, peace, strength and hope