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.
Opinion by EHN Staff Written by Sean Singer, veteran, yogi, and physical health instructor at Bellwood Health Services. When I started working at Bellwood in March 2017, it dawned on me that everyone has experienced some stressful or traumatic events in their life. We can all have addictions because of these past or present events. … Read more