Alcohol abuse is self-destructive and selfish. When people suffer from alcoholism, they don’t consider that every bad act comes with unintended consequences, which usually harm family and friends. No one’s implying that people with an alcohol addiction intentionally hurt family members. The hurt really comes from a place of caring, as family members don’t like watching their loved one disintegrate under the weight of the disease.
How Alcoholism Hurts FamiliesAlcoholism creates a helpless feeling for family members forced to watch a loved one suffer and not know how to help them. That exacts a heavy emotional toll on far too many innocent family members. Beyond the emotional toll, those with an alcohol addiction often target family members, often asking for money to support for their addiction. It creates friction and financial problems within the family. Family relationships become strained as family members choose sides when it comes to a suffering relative. Alcoholism is capable of destroying the family unit.
The Ultimate Price a Family PaysAddiction’s end result can be prison, insanity or death. Based on a 2014 National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism study, nearly 88,000 people die every year from alcohol-related issues. Family members are left picking up the pieces after a loved one’s untimely death, with feelings ranging from sadness to deep depression.
Healing the Family at Lakeview HealthBecause alcoholism damages family, Lakeview Health in Jacksonville, Florida places an emphasis on family therapy and healing. We provide a four-day family program that brings family members together. Our counselors help identify issues and ultimately develop better communication and support. Aside from its family program, Lakeview Health also offers a full continuum of care for men and women, including:
- On-site detox
- Individual therapy
- behavioral modification therapy.