Alcoholism and Family Impact
The impact of alcoholism
Alcohol abuse and alcoholism can have devastating effects on a person’s life. It can distort thoughts, manipulate emotions and even control behaviors. Even more so, when abusive habits transform into a full-fledged dependency, these negative impacts are not limited just to the alcoholic. The disease can strain or sever relationships with family members and friends.
People who were once well-adjusted can be warped into completely different and more destructive human beings. Unfortunately, these populations are impacted by cravings, withdrawal and tolerance. They will eventually push others away in order to continue their habit. Moreover, they may start missing social gatherings, react defensively when questioned about their private life and even lash out for reasons related to their drinking problem.
One of the most monumental struggles regarding alcohol dependency is actually experienced by the addict’s loved ones. Reaching out to someone under the influence is a difficult task, especially with the emotional toll that comes when someone close to you is in pain.
Sovereign Health Group is a residential rehabilitation treatment company for substance abuse, mental health disorders and dual diagnosis. Our expert staff provides our patients with cutting-edge treatment programming and a full continuum of therapeutic care monitored by various licensed health professionals.
The alcoholic and the family
For each person struggling with alcoholism, there are at least an additional eight people who are affected by the alcoholic. This comes out to an estimated 76 million people in the U.S. who have been exposed to the effects of alcoholism. These effects are often subtle and build in significance over time. Family members will often adjust to the changes in behavior without even realizing. They may start ignoring their own needs, feel despair, struggle with insecurity of their own actions and may even be subjected to violence or manipulation.
Family and friends can often be in as much denial as the alcoholic about the addiction and/or how it is affecting them. They may make excuses to other members of the family or employers and will find their lives revolving around the alcoholic’s unpredictable mood changes, violence and depression.
Some warning signs for loved ones involving defending an alcoholic’s unpredictable behavior include:
- Ignoring their own needs and putting the needs of the alcoholic first
- Struggling with feelings of hopelessness and despair
- Dealing with a sense of “walking on eggshells” because of the behavior of the alcoholic
- Dealing with manipulation, bargaining or violence from the alcoholic
- Making sacrifices in order to try to make the situation more bearable
The effects that an alcoholic has on their friends and family are stressful and damaging. As such, it is important for an alcoholic to recognize these issues and get treatment.
Treatment with Sovereign
Once an alcoholic has agreed to enter rehab the first step has been taken, but it is important to make sure that the family heals as well. Sovereign can provide both support for the alcoholic and his or her friends and family during detox, treatment and continuous recovery. We provide residential treatments for people suffering from addiction and co-occurring mental health conditions.
Based on our patients’ consent, we encourage their families to be as involved in the process of recovery as possible. Sovereign provides a wide range of supportive family services including weekly family groups, family therapy and an intensive family program. These family services provide patients and their families with education, therapy and other tools and resources they need to repair and strengthen their broken relationships. This allows troubled families to effectively improve their communication and address their conflicts.
Furthermore, Sovereign Health’s two-day intensive family program is offered monthly to patients and their family members at each treatment location. This consists of workshops, education, therapy and support groups. These interactive endeavors are directed towards restoring broken family relationships, facilitating a healing process for everyone involved in the treatment process.
Sovereign Health is also proud to offer an alumni services department that provides continuing care services to patients and their families to ensure a long-lasting recovery for everyone involved.