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Addiction & the Family

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Caron Treatment Centers accepts patients aged 13 years or older. For more information on services available to those 12 and under, please learn more about Caron's Student Assistance Program.
Addiction strongly impacts families.

Addiction does not just affect individuals—it affects entire families. Regardless of the substance abuser’s age or family role, it damages family structures in the following areas:

Addiction & the Family

Addiction strongly impacts families.

Addiction does not just affect individuals—it affects entire families. Regardless of the substance abuser’s age or family role, it damages family structures in the following areas:

Relationships

Addiction affects familial relationships by decreasing stability at home, creating a lack of unity, and fostering a chaotic family dynamic. Parents who abuse substances cause severe familial dysfunction and can induce self-esteem problems in children. Parental substance abuse also leads to a sense of helplessness in children, as there is nothing children can do to change their parent’s behavior. If the drug abuser is a child, the family tends to either enable destructive behavior or feel helpless to stop it.

Finances

Chronic abuse can also cause financial problems for families, leaving family members frustrated, overwhelmed and exhausted. Addicted persons (and sometimes their family members) have trouble meeting work obligations, because they put addiction-related behaviors and expenses above other responsibilities.

Health

Stresses associated with addiction decrease the mental and physical health of both addicts and family members. Furthermore, drug or alcohol abusers sometimes display mood swings that hinder healthy functioning and open the door for physical violence in the home.

Getting help for the whole family.

Addiction is a progressive disease, meaning without treatment it will only get worse. At Caron, we know how deeply addiction affects families. For more information on treating your whole family, please continue reading or contact us.