Impact of addiction on
cycles of addiction spin out of control, relationships suffer in countless
ways. Channels of communication break down, causing loved ones to deploy
defense mechanisms such as suppressing feelings,
rationalizing, intellectualizing, withdrawing, acting-out, self-medicating and
over-controlling. Some people avoid conflict, while others completely lose sight
of boundaries and become deeply entrenched in cycles of addiction.
Regardless of which coping mechanisms
they entail, relationships characterized by addiction may eventually lead to
serious problems both in the present and future. Children from families of
addicts, for example, often find themselves neglected, vying for attention or prematurely
forced into the role of parent. They enter adulthood with huge emotional
burdens and are likely to run their own families based on the dysfunction
they experienced in childhood.
For these reasons and many more,
recovery from addiction can and should be a family affair.
Addressing relationship issues in
the context of addiction.
cannot be expected to recover from addiction on their own, and neither should
their loved ones. To get connected with
treatment for your family,