ADDICTION AND FAMILY
When the addictive issues of a loved one are discovered, the immediate first reaction is one of anger and betrayal. After the initial shock and anger subsides, the horrible reality of the situation sets in, and at that point, the family will usually decide between turning away from their loved one or doing everything they can to help. Assuming that you want to help, your next step is looking at treatment options.…
Finding a marriage partner can be tough, someone who is kind, who understands you, is attractive and hopefully shares some similar interests… what do you do if that person takes drugs, though? Maybe it doesn’t seem like much, at only once or twice a month for example…
Once a loved one is enrolled in the Narconon drug rehab program, the largest stress is over; the family can relax, knowing that the person is getting the help that they need. BUT it is important that the family don’t think that their job is totally over.
Family members are usually aware of when a loved one is struggling or doing badly in life – even if the cause is not obvious. At some point, it will be realised that drug addiction is the cause.
I recently heard an interesting story on the radio of a family torn apart, one child growing up with a solid and sober father, while another brother grew up with a drunken mother.
Having read all the work I have done on this course , I realise just how much pain, heartache, and damage I have caused in the past four years. It has shocked me to the point of crying. All I wanted to do was to pick up the phone and talk to my wife and apologise.
When someone goes to rehab it is normal to think of the physical and mental affects that this person will be relieved of, by withdrawing and detoxifying from drugs or alcohol . What is sometimes overlooked is how widespread the help truly reaches.
Most people are aware of the ravages drugs play on the user both physically and mentally. How it affects the whole family is sometimes less thought about. When things get more dramatic, such as child abuse, the effects are more evident, but what about the insidious smaller effects?