Family Disease Support & Treatment
Alcoholism and drug addiction can have a devastating impact on families. It is no wonder that chemical dependency is often referred to as "the family disease." With family education, support groups, and treatment, Recovery Resources can help your family overcome the many issues that can often block a full recovery for the individual in treatment and the family members that have been deeply affected. You may be struggling with some of the issues related to this disease without realizing it. If you exhibit some of the attitudes or patterns of behavior listed below you would benefit from participating in your loved ones treatment.
Common Signs and Symptoms of Co-dependency
- Get angry or defensive if friends or family suggest that your significant other has an alcohol or drug problem.
- Try to control your significant other’s alcohol or drug use by getting rid of the supply or by monitoring his or her usage
- Lie or make excuses for your partner’s bad behavior or bail him or her out of jail.
- Allow your children or yourself to go without because your spouse spends too much money on drugs or alcohol.
- Limit your social activities because of the embarrassment often caused by your significant other’s alcohol or drug use.
- Minimize the seriousness of your significant other’s alcohol or drug use.
- Focus your mental attention on pleasing, protecting, and manipulating your partner.
- Put your own interests and hobbies aside to spend time sharing the interests and hobbies of your partner.
Co-dependency issues can severely hinder a person's ability to form and maintain meaningful personal relationships. Recovery Resources provides family group sessions for the spouse and family of the patient in recovery. Individual family sessions can help participants and the family come to a deeper understanding of the complexity of this disease and the effect on the family. Group sessions assist the family in identifying and overcoming the patterns of unhealthy relationships through education and self-exploration. Meeting other family members during this experience is usually comforting knowing you are not alone. If more significant challenges are present in the family it is recommended that the couple and/or family seek psychotherapy.