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Understanding adverse impacts of substance abuse on personal relationships

Understanding adverse impacts of substance abuse on personal relationships

“Too many codeine pills,
Too many nights of cold chills
Too many weak-handed deals
Too many lives, the addict steals”
― Phil Volatile, White Wedding Lies, and Discontent: An American Love Story

The active involvement of a family as a unit when one of the members is undergoing the recovery process for any kind of substance abuse is considered essential to ensure success. Having witnessed the impacts of substance abuse, family members and friends understand the myriad problems and struggles that the patient goes through on a daily basis.

When an individual develops an addiction to certain substances, such as drugs, alcohol, etc., their priority drastically shifts from family to that of procuring and using illicit drugs or substances. Moreover, the ripples caused by addiction dramatically changes an individual’s lifestyle and behavioral patterns; such changes envelop almost all aspects of their well-being and are felt by the ones who are especially close to them.

Many studies recommend the participation of family and friends in the treatment process. The inclusion of family members boosts the loved one’s morale and brings in the much-needed resources, which assist in staying away and recovering from substance abuse. By instilling faith and confidence in the patient, family members assist the patient in overcoming the painful withdrawal symptoms, particularly during the detoxification stage.

Looking at the integral role of the family members, their participation in the recovery process not only helps the individual in successfully completing the treatment, but also familiarizes the members with the world of substance abuse and strengthens interpersonal bonds. It also safeguards the next generation from getting influenced by the addiction of the loved one.

Burden on the family

Individuals engaged in substance abuse will try to conceal their substance abuse related activities by all means from their family members until they cannot push the facade any further. Besides affecting the environment at home and impacting others’ lives, addiction often creates interpersonal problems among family members. Some problems have been highlighted below:

  • Jealousy: A user may become jealous of his or her friends, partner, family members or other people in his or her life. The negative activities of the users can also pique their partners, thereby arousing resentment toward them.
  • Conflict over finances: The users are comparatively more prone to losing their job and indulging in the misuse of money due to their addiction. This can negatively affect their financial status.
  • Conflict with partner: The users may indulge more in arguments or grow apart by prioritizing their addiction over family. The dereliction of household activities can irk the partner and fatigue him or her due to the added burden of taking over the household responsibilities.
  • Emotional trauma: The users’ addiction may create emotional barriers and hardships for their partner and children. They can also traumatize their family by yelling, talking down, insulting or manipulating them.
  • Conflict with children: The users may get into arguments with their children who may either disregard or be afraid of them.
  • Cheating: The users may grow distant from their partner and seek pleasure through engaging in watching pornography, Internet sex, prostitution or pursuing someone else who they feel understands them.
  • Violence: The users may become violent toward their family members or vice versa. Charged up atmosphere at home can incite aggression leading to striking, hitting or throwing objects.
  • Health risks: If the user smokes at home, it exposes the family members to secondhand smoke and sets a negative example. If the users drink, they may risk their health and those around them by causing unintentional accidents due to the impairment of their judgement.
  • Patterns: The behavior and habits of the users are more than likely to have an impact on their partner, children and other family members. Exposure to such patterns also increases the likelihood that the children will follow their parents’ behavior during adulthood.

Family therapy potent to ensure addiction-free life

Besides screening for substance abuse, counseling and medications, family therapy is essential for overcoming the health-related repercussions. As the entire treatment process is quite challenging, it is essential to involve family in the course.

If you or your loved one is involved in any form of substance abuse, contact the Texas Substance Abuse Helpline to access the best substance abuse treatment centers in Texas that specializes in delivering evidence-based treatment plans. Call us at the 24/7 helpline number 866-971-2658 or chat online to know more about the substance abuse treatment programs in Texas.

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