Addiction is a disease that not only affects the individual, but the family as a whole. The behaviors that often accompany addiction can strain relationships and lead to a loss of trust. It is important for the well-being of the individual in treatment, as well as the family, that these issues be addressed in a safe and therapeutic environment.
Oftentimes, family members become so focused on the addict or alcoholic in their life that they neglect to take care of their own needs. Through a combination of group and individual counseling sessions, family members can take the time to recognize how their lives have been impacted by addiction and work through any issues they are dealing with. Groups such as Al-Anon, Alateen, Nar-Anon, and Codependents Anonymous are designed for the family and friends of alcoholics and addicts. Meetings such as these allow friends and family of addicts and alcoholics to reach out and connect with others who have been through similar experiences. Learning that there are other people that you can identify with and relate to what you are going through can be a tremendous relief.