Whether you like it or not, when a loved one has an Active Addiction, it can have a devastating impact on the entire family. The stress involved with not knowing what your loved one is doing; if your loved one is safe; or where they are, can take a significant toll on the mental and physical health of the family. One of the reasons for this is the Family Equilibrium is affected. It is critical when there is an imbalance in one or more of the Family Units that the members realize the need for Family Therapy as a means to find this equilibrium again.
Families consist of more than just their individual members, and each family unit has its own distinct structure. Within a family, members assume specific roles and cultivate unique interpersonal dynamics and connections both within the family and with the world outside. These family interactions establish a delicate equilibrium, fostering harmony within each family unit. Consequently, any alteration within the family, regardless of its origin, disrupts the overall equilibrium and balance of the entire family.
This delicate balance is maintained by navigating attitudes within the family. When a parent becomes overly controlling, a child might respond by becoming less responsible. Conversely, when a family member starts acting less responsibly, often due to addiction, it can prompt others in the family to become overly controlling. These changes in behavior affect every member of the family, gradually altering the equilibrium over time.
The impact of addiction on a family is profound. It introduces unnecessary stress into the Family System, affecting parents, children, siblings, spouses, partners, close friends, and more. The addiction disrupts the perceived safety of the home, erodes family bonds, and often takes a toll on finances. Furthermore, it significantly affects the mental, emotional, and physical health of family members. Without professional treatment and a commitment to change, these effects can persist.
One of the main challenges in treating addiction as a family disease is recognizing that everyone needs to change, not just the addict. A crucial aspect of treatment is understanding that each individual is responsible for their own actions, and no one can control another person. While you are not the cause of the addiction, you may unknowingly contribute to the problem.
Recovery involves acceptance, education, learning, growth, and healing. This process establishes a new way of living, increasing self-awareness, improving interpersonal skills, and leading to a healthier and more fulfilled life. Being in recovery means actively engaging in healthy and meaningful activities.
Like any endeavor, progress takes time. Just as one session at the gym doesn’t yield immediate results, personal growth may involve discomfort and challenges. The most significant progress often arises from stepping outside your comfort zone and exceeding your own expectations.
Family therapy can be a valuable resource on this journey. Reach out to us at (772) 584-3083 to schedule time with one of our experienced professionals. Family therapy can help you find acceptance and inner peace, regardless of the choices made by others, and whether your loved one embarks on their own journey to recovery.