Families come to us for help because a loved one is trapped by addiction. Often families have been stretched to the breaking point, perhaps even beyond, in the struggle to deal with the “problem.” Addiction replaces trust, harmony, and serenity with lies and manipulations, uncertainties, hopelessness, fear, angst, and anguish.
My issues with self-acceptance go all the way back to my early childhood. Before I was even 10 years old, I remember feeling worthless. This issue worsened during middle school and high school. It continued until my early adulthood when I was forced to confront this feeling of worthlessness during treatment. Today, acceptance, self-love and self-care are the foundation of my recovery.
The effects of addiction are intense and far-reaching. Just as addicted individuals suffer, families suffer from the deep-seated pain, stress, and turmoil that this powerful disease causes. For this reason, it is imperative that the whole family—not just the addicted individual—participates in comprehensive treatment.