Addiction Treatment Information for Families
Trying to help a loved one get sober can be emotionally draining and lead to issues of co-dependency and control. Attempting to regulate drinking or drug usage can end up consuming large amounts of time and money with little result. Negative consequences that pull the family into continuing chaos can include tremendous emotional stress, economic strain, poor health and run-ins with the law that result in legal fees and complications. It can be a confusing and extremely disruptive environment if you live with an alcoholic or drug addict.
Addiction Treatment at SouthCoast Reocvery
At SouthCoast Recovery, we recognize the need for family to be involved in their loved one's recovery process. Not only does the individual in recovery have underlying emotional issues to work through, there is the additional need to work through relationships with family members. By the time an individual or family members admit the need for alcohol or drug rehab, it's likely that certain patterns and roles in the family have been established around consistent alcohol or drug usage. When an individual gets sober, it's necessary for these patterns and roles to change.
SouthCoast Recovery offers individual sessions in marriage & family therapy in order to help educate family members on the disease of alcoholism and drug addiction, address existing patterns and help form new, healthier ones within the family. Many family members don't understand the nature of alcoholism or drug addiction as a disease over which the individual eventually loses all control. When alcohol or drug usage crosses the line into addiction, it ceases to be a matter of choice. At this point, no amount of will power or pleading from family members can help the individual stop. Intervention and professional help is needed.
Family dynamics can be a major contributing factor in both addiction and recovery. For the individual to be successful in transitioning from addiction to recovery, it's necessary for family dynamics to change as well. SouthCoast Recovery helps to educate and assist families in making this transition. Some of the questions to consider include:
1. What is the family history? Is there a history of alcohol or drug abuse? Is there emotional trauma or issues of abuse that may have occurred? Our clinical therapist has 44 years working with clients who have underlying issues associated with alcohol or drug abuse. Uncovering these issues and addressing them with family members will help repair issues that may be contributing to alcohol or drug abuse as well as unhealthy patterns.
2. Denial is a major symptom of alcohol and drug abuse not only for the individual, but also family members. Sweeping it under the rug or downplaying the amount of alcohol or drugs consumed and the consequences involved can be a result of fear, an inability to want to face reality. But denial only postpones the inevitable – things can and will get worse.
3. Denial is also a form of enabling. Enabling a family member to continue using alcohol or drugs in spite of negative consequences can sometimes look like love. Calling in sick to work for a loved one, making excuses for his or her behavior or going to the store for more alcohol to minimize withdrawal symptoms are all forms of enabling. This is a trait of co-dependent behavior and a very normal coping mechanism that family members engage. The fear that your child or loved one will die if you don't cover for them or keep them at home where you can watch them is a valid one but nonetheless can assist in helping the alcoholic or addict continue to engage in destructive behavior. Your loved one may be safe momentarily, but until alcoholism or drug addiction has been arrested it's only a matter of time before the bottom falls out.
SouthCoast Recovery's Addiction Treatment Center
SouthCoast Recovery staff members have over 100 years combined experience treating alcoholism and drug addiction. Most of our staff members have made the journey to recovery themselves, which makes them uniquely qualified to identify with your loved one and you. Our clinical therapist has over 44 years experience treating underlying issues associated with alcohol and drug addiction. Our drug and alcohol counselors are certified by CAADE, the California Association of Alcohol & Drug Educators, a board created to uphold excellence in drug and alcohol studies. We can help your loved one get sober and we can help you replace unhealthy patterns with a more functional, healthy relationship. SouthCoast Recovery encourages family participation your love one's recovery with marriage & family therapy and weekend visits.