Loved ones get so caught up in helping the drug addict, they may not realize the toll it is taking on their own health, lifestyle, schedule, etc…
Drug addicts are selfish and self-centered, often believing that they are hurting no one other than themselves. Frequently, the people who spend the most time around the addict are friends, family and co-workers – these are the people who are likely to be most impacted by drug addiction or alcoholism. Drug addiction can create destruction in all areas of the addict’s life, as well as the lives of their loved ones.
Addiction is a family disease. Every single person in an addict’s immediate family (and most often close friends) is affected in some way by the individual’s substance abuse. Addiction impacts a family’s and friend’s finances, physical health and psychological wellbeing. The impact of addiction is overwhelmingly negative, with few exceptions.
Family members, especially non-addicted spouses, are forced to pick up the slack for the addict, make excuses for his or her behavior and potentially endure sexual, physical and emotional abuse. In many cases, extended family members and close friends have to help financially and in other ways to account for the ignored responsibilities by the addict. Children suffer in school and socially and are more likely to be involved with drugs and alcohol as adults. Coworkers may also be affected by having to increase their workloads to make up for diminished job performance.
A third and often forgotten effect of addiction on family is the relationships between family members. Addiction impacts the family unit! The following are some common examples of the family problems that can arise when a loved one is addicted to drugs and alcohol:
• Jealousy. With the attention focused on the addict, there may be family members who feel jealous that the addict is getting the spotlight. This can cause resentments in the family unit.
• Money issues. Families can experience significant financial issues in regards to helping the addict with their rent, utilities, food and other necessities that have been neglected due to substance use. Families may make poor financial decisions which increases tension.
• Health problems. With the focus on the addict, the basic emotional needs of family members is often neglected.
• Emotional trauma. With the strain in trying to cope with an addict, family members may lash out at each other and they may engage in the same behaviors the addict is engaging in such as manipulation, lying and stealing.
To learn more about getting help with drug addiction, please contact BlueCove Homes at 844-425-8326.
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