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Addiction and the Family

Home Addiction Treatment Videos Addiction and the Family

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 an 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.

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.

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.