How Alcoholism Hurts Families
By: Lakeview Health Staff
Published: September 10, 2016

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 Families

Alcoholism 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 Pays

Addiction’s end result can be prison, insanity or death. Based on a 2014 National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism study, nearly 140,000 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 Health

Because 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
  • Inpatient
  • Outpatient
  • Individual therapy
  • Behavioral modification therapy.

After patients graduate from their respective programs, we encourage them to participate in an alumni program to maintain a positive recovery. If you or a loved one are experiencing family difficulties due to substance abuse, we encourage you to call Lakeview Health as soon as possible at 866-704-7692. Bring your family back together today.