Addiction is accepted by the medical community as a chronic disease of the brain and body. Many do not realize that addiction is also known as a “family disease.” While the active alcoholic or drug addict progressively worsens, all family members are negatively impacted. Family members can suffer stress, fear, anxiety, anger and resentment due to an addict’s behavior.
However, the family can develop patterns of behavior that enable the drug addict or alcoholic to continue on his or her destructive path. This could be in attempt to restrict alcohol or drug consumption, to keep the problem “under control” or to keep the addiction a family secret in order to avoid shame. In addiction treatment, this pattern of behavior is referred to as codependency.
Since addiction is a family disease, the family needs support and treatment just like the individual who is using drugs or alcohol. Lakeview Health Systems offers an extensive family program which will help you recognize and break unhealthy patterns. Everyone in the addict’s immediate circle needs healing from addiction: spouses, significant others, parents and children. There are many ways for the family to actively engage in the recovery process, from setting up interventions to participating in family therapy.
Our 4-day program, included in every patient’s treatment, brings the family to our facility for therapy and education.
Lakeview Health Systems helps families heal from the destruction addiction has left behind.