Every year, the SAMHSA designates September as National Recovery Month and we
can’t think of a better time to think about the 21 million Americans suffering from
addiction. However, it is also crucial that we consider the families and loved ones of
those suffering from addiction and the adverse effects the disease can have on them.
In honor of National Recovery Month, let’s take a look at the major traits that family
members share with loved ones suffering from addiction.

Impaired Control and Need for Control

More often than not, we believe that addictions are caused by a lack of willpower or
intelligence in the addict. And although this is not true in the least, it still causes family members and loved ones to think that they know best for the addict and that the disease can be defeated by simply showing them the right way home.
This is not only unhealthy for you as a loved to try and control them, but it can actually inadvertently push the addict away and deeper into their addiction.

Obsession With Addiction/Addict

As the addict sinks further and further into their obsession, family members become
more obsessed with the addict as well. If you’re a parent and your child is suffering from addiction, you may struggle to think of anything else. You may even find that your daily conversations steer towards your loved one, even if the conversation is completely unrelated to them.

Rationalized Behaviour

When you’re battling with an addiction, it becomes easier to explain to yourself why you may do things that are dangerous or illegal to feed your addiction. You may think that the traumas you’ve experienced warrant the necessary coping mechanisms. Well, this behavior can also extend to family members who are struggling to come to terms with the situation.

We understand the love you feel for your family member and how much you want to
help me them, but making excuses and enabling their behavior does not make the
situation any better and can harm your life just as much as it does theirs.

Whether it’s alcoholism, substance abuse, or gambling, addictions of any kind can harm the family of the addict just as much as the addict themselves. If you or a loved one is interested in getting on the path to recovery, give our physicians a call today at 317-763-2131 or visit us online and see what the medical experts at Westfield Premier
Physicians can do for you.

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