Genetics and environment both play a role in the development of substance use disorders (SUDs). The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) reported that “about 1 in 8 children ages 17 or younger are living in households with at least one parent who has a substance use disorder.” The home life of children, teens, and young adults directly affects lifelong risk factors that impact their mental and physical health. The Family Place provides resources and tools to help families safely recover from the harm of addiction.
Substance Misuse Is a Family Disease
Family members and close friends of individuals with Substance Use Disorder (SUDs) are often impacted in painful ways. People in regular contact with individuals who abuse substances are at a higher risk of the following:
- Financial strain
- Legal issues
- Mental health disorders
- Maladaptive coping behaviors
- Stress-related health issues
- Unhealthy relationships
Unfortunately, children and young adults living in homes affected by SUD have a higher likelihood of developing a substance use or mental health disorder later in life. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), “Children having a parent with a SUD are at risk of experiencing direct effects, such as parental abuse or neglect, or indirect effects, such as fewer household resources,” which can lead to “increased difficulties in academic and social settings and family functioning.” Various factors contribute to maladaptive coping behaviors and thought patterns, including parental influence.
The disease of addiction can be multigenerational, and breaking that cycle of trauma and substance misuse takes dedication and strong motivation. Find out more about multigenerational aspects of addiction by visiting our pages on Family Dynamics or Our Family Program.
Family Traumas Caused by the Disease of Addiction
Co-occurring disorders and other issues can lead to toxic family dynamics and an unhealthy home environment. Family members of individuals with SUD have a higher risk of experiencing the following traumas:
- Child neglect and abuse
- Domestic abuse
- Serious injury or illness
- Emotional distress
Common co-occurring conditions like depression, anxiety, and anger management issues can impact the daily life of the entire family. Abuse, neglect, and other traumas increase the risk of family members experiencing their own challenges related to addiction.
The Family Place Solution
The Family Place provides evidence-based treatments and an intimate family-like environment for men, women, and pregnant women in crisis. We believe the solution to SUD involves a comprehensive and consistent continuum of care that includes:
- Alternative holistic therapies
- Educational classes
- Essential skill development
- Case management
- Mood stabilization
- Aftercare planning
- Family-focused services like family therapy and aftercare referrals
The Family Place provides every client and their family with access to trauma-focused recovery services and treatments. Ongoing recovery requires active participation by all affected family members to ensure a healthy and safe home environment after treatment ends. Stable family dynamics play a significant role in the recovery process for most individuals. We provide all our clients with the information they need to maintain sobriety and continue healing as a family unit.
Recognizing the Signs of Addiction
Individuals struggling with active addiction might have difficulty spotting the warning signs and symptoms of a developing or established SUD. Recognizing addictive behaviors is essential because no one can heal without first acknowledging maladaptive coping techniques like substance misuse.
The side effects of addiction look different for everyone, and they exist along a spectrum, which means one person might barely notice a symptom while someone else might find it debilitating. In addition, every substance has its own list of possible side effects that often overlap with co-occurring disorders making it difficult to diagnose. Common signs of addiction include:
- Inability to stop taking the substance despite repeated attempts
- Acquiring, misusing, or recovering from the substance interferes with personal and professional responsibilities
- Extreme mood swings
- Unusual outbursts
- Secretive behavior
- Financial difficulties
- Legal issues
- Difficulty staying productive at work or school
- Unexplained changes to eating habits
- Changes in personal appearance, including difficulty keeping up with basic hygiene
- Isolating behaviors
- Lack of interest in previously enjoyed activities
- Unexplained and persistent health problems related to substance misuse
The warning signs indicate when you or someone you love has reached a point where it is impossible to cope with daily stressors in a healthy way or complete necessary personal and professional tasks. Substance misuse is a hazardous activity, and it is critical to speak with a medical professional if you find yourself struggling with addiction.
How to Help a Loved One Overcome Addiction
If you have a loved one struggling with addiction, there are ways to show your support and contribute to their recovery. Although you cannot force them to become sober, you can help them overcome addiction by supplying information, resources, and compassionate support. The Family Place can assist you in showing your loved ones how to get the help they need by offering:
- Multiple levels of care
- Family-focused services and treatments
Providing your loved ones with information on the various treatment options can motivate them to finally make healthy changes.
The Role of Family in Ongoing Recovery
The disease of addiction affects all family members, which means that recovery requires the active participation of all family members. The families of individuals in recovery from SUD have traumas to overcome using tools like family therapy and peer support groups. Visit Our Family Program page to learn more about how The Family Place can help you and your loved one recover from the effects of addiction.
The Family Place uses family therapy and other family-focused treatments to heal the broken or damaged relationships between family members during the recovery process. To learn more about our facility and rehabilitation programs, contact our office today to speak with a compassionate member of our team at 1-800-501-7796.