For people who have never experienced drug addiction in themselves or a loved one, imagining the destructive impact of drugs can be difficult. Not only is the addict directly harmed by drug use, but family members also tend to be affected. This is especially true of those who live in the same household with the drug addict. The drug user’s addiction is amplified by his or her knowledge of how destructive the drug-induced behavior may be to friends and family. The result is further dependence on drugs. The good new is those who desire to seek recovery can be helped by professional treatment. Drug Rehabilitation works to customize a program that is fitting for drug addicts and family members in the interest of helping the addict overcome the addiction while acquiring the life skills that will help the addict successfully transition into living a healthy daily life as a productive member of society.
Drug user is a term that generates a sense of alarm at the potential danger and destruction that is often associate with drug use. However, those who use drugs may be regular people who are in dire need of care and often suffer from severe pain. Drug use typically begins with recreational use as a distraction and coping mechanism for problems in the drug user’s life. Dependence builds, and tolerance increases and eventually leads to a drug problem the user may not be able to stop on his own.
Common Effects of Drug Use
Drug addicts tend to have an increased risk of developing health problems including diseases and death. Often they lose their jobs and have financial difficulties as well as increased family problems. As a drug addict’s addiction becomes deeper, he or she has no control over the amount of drugs he or she uses and can elevate the risk of harm that can occur to the addict and others. Overdosing becomes more of a possibility and can be fatal. The notion of powerless over the drug leads the addict to experience lower self esteem, strained interactions with others, and an altered perception of reality. However, when a client is set on a path to healing, a drug addict may start life anew, living up to his or her potential and achieving positive goals including staying sober. Recovering addicts often look back in disbelief at their past attitudes and behaviors.
An addict’s family members tend to me the most aware of how destructive drug use can be. As a family disease, drug addiction injures everyone in its path whether they actually use drugs or not. Codependency, anxiety, control issues, anger, isolation, and depression are issues with which the family of a drug addict may struggle. Family members may fear other people finding out about the drug user’s addiction and the possibility of damage to the user’s reputation or even job loss. Other family members may resent the drug user and gossip about the addict’s drug problem and criticize him or her, which can lead to built up hatred.
How Families Can Help
Families must essentially realize that they did not cause the addiction, nor can they control the addict’s behavior or cure the problem. Family members should learn more about addiction and utilize the proper support resources to regain a healthy focus on their own lives, which will better enable them to have compassion and create an environment that is more helpful to the addict.
Children of Addicts
A child that grows up in the home of an addicted parent is more likely to develop a drug addiction and/or have a partner who is addicted to drugs. The difficult environment in which children who live with drug addicted parents are raised can cause the child to have social, physical, and emotional problems. Common behaviors that are exhibited by children of addicts are acting out and having difficulty in school or becoming a perfectionist and struggling with increased anxiety and stress. Children who live in homes with one or more drug addicts should receive counseling as early as possible to avoid carrying the effects of having been exposed to the destruction of drug abuse.
Business and Social Relationships
Despite the efforts on behalf of friends and family members to hide a loved one’s drug abuse, other people often already know that something is wrong. The addict’s drug abuse can impact close friends and coworkers as they may engage in enabling behavior such as covering for the addict’s mistakes or excessive absence from a job. Friends and professional associates should be supportive and understanding, which can allow the addict to speak openly and ultimately seek help.
The Road to a Better Life
It is never too late to overcome an addiction. Long-time addicts are often in awe that they are still alive when they reflect on their past actions, which may include multiple overdoses, accidents, and dangerous situations. By being open to receiving professional help, anyone who is committed to starting over can gain new life and be healed. Family members can be supportive by seeking help for their own enabling behaviors and learn to offer support. Drug Rehabilitation is readily available to offer information to drug users and families to help them find the best treatment options as well as customizable programs for individuals. Contact us today to learn more and start the healing process.