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Addiction and the Family

Home Addiction Treatment Videos Addiction and the Family

Written by: Editorial Staff.

Dr. Charles Sophy discusses addiction and how it is referred to as a family disease. Dr. Sophy explains this as sometimes due to the genetic factor of addiction, meaning more than one member in the family will be addicted to substances.

More commonly, though, the family disease is known by this due to the fact that addiction not only affects the addict but everything around them, ranging from friends, family, and school. Addiction can affect families in many different ways; the three main feelings normally felt by family members are fear, worry, and anger not only at the addict but themselves and other family members.

How People Around Addicts Get Affected?

In addition to direct influence on the addict, all the people around an addict get some of the effects in numerous ways. Such as:

  • An addict who does not go to work might face financial challenges and might not support the family financially
  • An addict who is infected with other infection and diseases may transfer it to the people in contact with
  • An addict faces challenges in managing sleep, appetite and thus, the effects are translated into outrageous behavior, which also affects people around the addict.

Difference Between Enabling And Helping

There is a fine line between enabling and helping. Many times helping someone dealing with addiction might not make him feel good. Enabling entails all things intended to help an addict but in a soft way and in a way that does not hurt him. Helping, however, may require being harsh, tough, and putting some limits on the addict.

Why Addiction Prove Harder For The Family?

Dr. Sophy believes that addiction is normally harder for the family than the addict in question. This is because the addict tends to be wrapped up, unaware, and in denial. The family, on the other hand, sees and feels everything in clarity.

How Can Parents Monitor Children?

If parents believe their child may be addicted or abusing substances, Dr. Sophy recommends monitoring and digging into every aspect of their lives, looking at sleep and eating patterns, behaviors and moods, and their social life.