FAMILY SUPPORT FOR REHAB ADDICT
The importance of family towards the addiction:
The greatest loss and the first problem caused by drug use is the disruption to family ties. Alcohol and drugs affect brain function, changing the user’s mental activity.
This confuses the addict towards their feelings, thoughts, awareness, judgment and self-criticism. This damage can be observed in changing behavior at home.
The addict becomes sloppy, changes the sleeping and eating time, has no interest in entertainment and hobbies anymore, is isolated, is not able to talk and participate in family events, prefers friends and amusements that are related to drug use.
The family is destabilized and now controls the dependent behavior with anger, victimization, emotional blackmail, threats, overprotection, fights and punishments. All attempts are in vain. The dependent denies the use, put the blame on the family, society and life. They also find explanation and reasons to convince the family that what they do is normal and try to have connivance of the family for their usage behavior.
The family’s opinion is divided. Some of them support the use, others disagree and want to help them to stop taking the substance. The more divided the family is, the more the user will use this fact to justify and continue the addiction, minimizing the consequences and convincing the relatives they are able to stop when they wish and that they know what best for them is.
The family decides to seek treatment, only when they get tired of waiting for the user all night and enduring so many lies and manipulations as well as getting sick of so much anguish.
However, despite all suffering, family participation during the process is essential for successful treatment. Following the recommendations, being willing to change habits and investing in a better quality of life motivate the addict. And since they can see people who they love investing time to help them, they will get even more committed.
It is necessary to overcome the shame, the fear of failure, the guilt of having a sick family member, the rage of an incurable disease and truly believe that only teamwork can control the disease.