Family members and loved ones of addicts may assume dysfunctional family roles in attempts to cope with one member’s addiction. These family roles can continue later in life, with addicts and their loved ones struggling to heal. This is why support programs for families of addicts are so important for healing.
Dysfunctional family roles in addiction form as families of addicts attempt to cope with the challenges of addiction. Family roles in addiction include :
It is important to note that dysfunctional family relationships can occur outside of an addiction circumstance, and proper counseling is needed to remedy dysfunctional family roles. There are many support groups for families of addicts to help everyone heal.
As children of addicts become adults, the effects of a dysfunctional family will be lasting if they are not treated. Long-term negative effects of addiction in families include :
While addicts themselves can seek treatment through intensive inpatient care and related programs, families of addicts need to seek help as well. While the loved ones may not have addiction struggles themselves, they are likely dealing with mental health challenges resulting from a broken family dynamic. Effective therapy is crucial to help all families heal. Our team at Banyan Treatment Center offers support for loved ones of addicts to help reduce the negative effects of addiction on the family, alongside an alumni recovery program for recovered addicts.