Addiction is often described as a family disease.
“Addiction is a family disease that stresses the family to the breaking point, impacts the stability of the home, the family’s unity, mental health, physical health, finances, and overall family dynamics.” – National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence
That means, family members can play an important role in the healing process. When they are engaged in the recovery, positive outcomes are more likely. It is equally important that parents and siblings learn about addiction issues and about particular “rules of relationships” to avoid the common pitfalls of allowing compassion to morph into enabling or codependent behavior.
Family members can be negatively affected by living with an addicted loved one and they may require treatment and support. Futures helps family members understand the disease of addiction and how they may get the help and support they need.