With, the person with the addiction is not the only one who suffers. It has long been known that everyone involved with that person is touched in some way by the addiction and it usually is not in a good way. Drug addictions are powerful situations and they tend to drag people into the despair and hurt surrounding the addiction. The addict may be the only one taking the drug, but he or she is not the only one suffering. It used to be that everyone focused on the drug addict and worked to solve their problems while the loved ones and families were left to deal with it themselves. Thankfully, those times have changed.
Not only are family members encouraged to attend therapy sessions with the addict but they are encouraged to seek relief for themselves. Having a loved one with a drug addiction puts the family on an emotional roller coaster ride that sometimes lasts for years. It is only natural that the family would be affected by the drug abuse. Family members need to work out the emotions that they have gone through so that they do not end up harboring guilt over their loved one’s addictions. While the addict was in blissful denial about the addiction, the family members were left to suffer the consequences of it. They often take the brunt of the anger and temper tantrums, they have often had money stolen from them by the addict and have more often than not been lied to on numerous occasions. Those are all emotionally upsetting situations. It has been suggested that addiction run in families because of the stress put on the non-addicts which reaches the breaking point and they too turn to drugs or alcohol to ease the stress.
Before this happens, it is best to seek help and in these days, there is a lot of help for family members of drug addicts. Family members have suffered enough and they deserve to unload some of the negative energy and emotion that comes with living with a drug addict. A family member should never concentrate so much on the recovery of their loved one that they neglect their own needs. Like the addict, family members suffer physically, mentally and spiritually and over time, that can break a person down. Helping the addict is fine, but family members need to take care of themselves as well.