Addiction can destroy families. It is difficult to deal with when a family member is addicted. Learning how to help the family member through addiction without caving in to the addictive behavior is a difficult process for many family members. This is why it is crucial to know what line to walk when helping a family member overcome addiction. The family is important to helping an addicted person remain strong but sometimes the family may have to show tough love in order to help the person recover.
The article, “A family guide to addiction and recovery” from Recover Centers of America takes a closer look at how the family plays a role in recovery of the addicted and where to draw lines.
“Behind almost every person struggling with addiction, there is a family member—parent, grandparent, sibling, spouse, or another—who suffers too. Witnessing a loved one’s addiction is both a heart-rending and bewildering experience. Feelings of anger, guilt, sadness, and fear combine with desperation and helplessness, leaving you at times in a state of both panic and emotional paralysis.”
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