Drug and alcohol addiction are conditions that affect not only the substance user but the people close to them as well. The dynamics of addiction and family members can result in a range of harmful interactions and outcomes that make addiction a family disease. Family members of individuals with addiction often struggle with addiction themselves. However, even if an individual grows up in a family with addiction and doesn’t develop an addiction themselves, they’ll still be more likely to struggle with trauma, mental health, and developmental disorders. Furthermore, the many family roles in addiction can produce codependent or enabling behaviours that perpetuate the addiction.
So, you know someone with drug addiction or alcoholism and you want to help them, but you have no idea where to start? We understand that approaching such conversations constructively can be very difficult in the best of times—and even more difficult currently, with increased stress levels and social tensions due to COVID. This article … Read more
The process of choosing the best inpatient drug rehab center for yourself or a loved one can be stressful and confusing. There’s an overwhelming amount of information to consider and options to evaluate when looking for a residential drug or alcohol treatment program. To help you out, we’ve outlined the most important factors to consider when trying to find the best addiction treatment program for your needs.
A drug or alcohol intervention is a planned event, organized by family and friends to persuade a loved one (the “intervention subject”) who has a drug, alcohol, or other addiction to get treatment. Interventions achieve the best results when a professional interventionist is hired both for planning and facilitating the intervention. Professional interventionists have deep expertise regarding addiction and mental health, and also extensive experience with interventions.
At first, drinking was fun. Alcohol gave Tony confidence. Sober, Tony was a shy kid. But a few drinks changed all that. In his early twenties, Tony was married and running his own business in wedding video-photography. Tony’s drinking wasn’t fun anymore, and his alcohol consumption was becoming a problem.