Addiction is a chronic disease. Society frequently and mistakenly views it as a choice, a lack of control, or a moral failing.
Addiction affects the way the brain works and therefore, changes the individual’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. As a result of witnessing this process, family members frequently feel scared, alone and overwhelmed. It is apparent that the family suffers greatly as dreams, hope and goals can be derailed. What may not be so obvious is that family can contribute to the progression of the addiction, jut by trying to help. Substance use disorders derail lives and relationships.
How do families navigate early recovery? First, they need to understand addiction and what it means to be powerless over drugs and alcohol. Second, they learn how to appropriately support the addict and take care of themselves. Third, and most critically, they begin to heal themselves and to build healthy relationships.
This presentation will explain these three objectives through the lens of a family member. It will explore tools for getting their lives back on track.