Having a drug addict or alcoholic in the family can be very frustrating. Families of drug addicts and alcoholics want their loved ones to change, but often feel incompetent and unable to affect that change. When there is a drug addict or alcoholic in the family, everyone suffers. Often, it is not just the addict who is dysfunctional, but the entire family dynamic that is unhealthy. Because family members love the person addicted to drugs or alcohol, they unwittingly enable that person to continue using and drinking.
Addiction is known as a “family disease.” This means that the family and friends of an alcoholic are often as sick as the alcoholic themselves. Often, the loved ones of an alcoholic or drug addict are enabling the alcoholic to continue drinking, even if they don’t realize it. Family and friends must work to change their behavior to be able to help a loved one suffering from the disease of addiction.
A drug addict or alcoholic is compelled with getting and using drugs and alcohol, no matter what the consequences to their own life and that of their families. As a drug addict wreaks havoc on their own life, their family will often adjust their own lives to compensate. Families will financially support the addict or alcoholic when their addictions interfere with their work; they make excuses for the drug addict when he or she engages in hurtful behavior; they bail a drug addict out of jail when he or she gets arrested as a result of their using. Often, a family will support an addict or alcoholic to the point of their own financial ruin: giving the drug addict money, allowing him or her to steal from them, or paying to bail them out of jail or other large financial obligations. Often, when families financially support a drug addict in this way, they are doing them more harm than good.
This is why Palm Partners has developed addiction family programs. We understand that for an addict or alcoholic to truly recover, their family must recover too. The addiction family program at Palm Partners recognizes that addiction takes an emotional and physical toll on the family of an addict or alcoholic. The program is specifically designed for loved one’s of a person suffering from addiction. The addiction family programs at Palm Partners assist the family in dealing with the various stressors of addiction and empowering the family to be a force for healing and recovery.
Palm Partners understands that an addict’s family and friends can often be the biggest motivator for them to seek help and to stay clean and sober in the long term. Family participation in the addiction family programs offered at Palm Partners increases the chances that an addict or alcohol will achieve long-term sobriety. Some of the topics that are addressed at the addiction family programs include:
- Understanding the Science of Addiction and Recovery
- Mastering Emotions and Feelings
- Helping vs. Enabling
- Understanding Palm Partners Treatment Protocols
- The Role of the Family in the Healing Process
- Codependency and Interdependency
There are several different addiction family programs offered at Palm Partners including Intensive Family Program, Weekend Family Program, Family Workshop, Family Support Group, and Family Coaching. Counselors will advise you and your family which program is right for you.
If you or someone you know needs drug or alcohol treatment call us at (877) 711-HOPE (4673) or visit us online at www.palmpartners.com.