You may have heard that alcoholism and drug addiction are considered a family disease, but what does that actually mean and how does addiction affect you and those you love? That is exactly what we are about to go over so that you are not only armed with the facts, but provided a solution to help the whole family recover.
Addiction Is A Family Disease
First, let’s look at addiction as a disease, and why it’s considered one.
The disease of addiction is considered a disease because it is considered a primary, chronic illness of the brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry, according to American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).
How Does Addiction Affect You?
Addiction affects you and your loved ones in a few ways and those that are closet to the addict/alcoholic suffer the most. Here are some ways that the active addict/alcoholic in your life may be making you sick.
- They may lie, manipulate, steal, or become emotionally and physically abusive.
- You may become focused on them and the desire to “fix” or “cure” them of their addiction.
- You may find yourself trying to control them and their actions.
- You may become filled with guilt, shame, and blame as a result of their actions.
- You ultimately become addicted to the addict/alcoholic and then co-dependency consumes your relationship with them.
As a result, the stress that is associated with addiction in the family becomes all-consuming and starts to take a toll on you both mentally and physically to the point that you forgot about your boundaries and what is even healthy anymore. The alcoholic/addicts life becomes your life, too. The only way out, is through working a program yourself.
Healing From Their Addiction
Al-Anon and Nar-Anon is the sister program to the 12-steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA), and can help you heal and recover from the family disease of addiction. This is crucial because if you are not healthy, you can’t expect the addict or alcoholic in your life to get healthy either. If you really feel like your life has become out of control because of this disease, then the time to get help is now. Please check out the websites below and see if you are ready to begin your journey to healing.
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