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Family Reconciliation after Addiction

Family Reconciliation after AddictionAddiction is a serious disease that affects not only addicts, but also those around them. Friends, associates and even strangers can be affected by the behavior of someone addicted to drugs or alcohol. The largest impact, however, is generally felt by the addict’s family members.

Family stress can both contribute to and result from addiction, and can become part of a self-perpetuating cycle. When Austin addicts receive addiction treatment and begin the recovery process, family strains don’t automatically resolve. It’s important to address the needs of the entire family system because a healthy family can be a source of support and strength, and it can help reduce relapse risk.

How Family Dynamics Contribute to Addiction in Austin

Family dynamics may contribute to the risk of addiction in a number of ways, as with the following:

  • When parents suffer from addiction, it raises the risk of addiction in their children. This can be due to either modeling or genetic factors.
  • Childhood stress predisposes people to develop addiction later in life.
  • Children raised in homes with less parental supervision are more likely to become addicted to drugs or alcohol.
  • Children raised in single-parent homes are significantly more likely to develop addiction.

Common Family Patterns and Roles in Addiction

When addiction develops in an Austin family member, the entire family is affected. Although families react in different ways, certain patterns are typical. Attempts to hide the addiction are common. It’s also common for family members to hide their feelings to avoid triggering conflict.

Sometimes Austin family members take on different roles. Spouses sometimes become enablers, trying to protect their addicted loved ones from harm and from the consequences of addicts. They may also be in denial about the extent of the problem. Others, often the oldest children of addicted parents, will sometimes try to compensate for the addict’s behavior by achievement and rule-following. Other children compensate by humor and exaggerated levity. Some family members simply try to “fly under the radar” and remain unnoticed as much as possible.

The longer an Austin resident suffers with addiction, the more strongly set family patterns are likely to be. As the addict recovers, family members face their own recovery. Family counseling can be very beneficial. Counselors can identify weak areas in the family system and can also identify strengths that can be built upon.

Family Addiction Help for Austin Residents

If you have questions about addiction and family relationships, we can help you find answers. Austin residents can call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline to let us discuss the issues. If you’re looking for addiction treatment that addresses family roles, we can help you sort through the options. We can even check your insurance coverage for you, if you wish. Addiction is treatable, and family relationships can be healed.