Alcoholism & addiction and how it may affect families

Although all families are unique, there are common problems within families where one person abuses alcohol or another substance.

The family is dominated by substance abuse whilst finding it hard to acknowledge that things are as bad as they really are. The substance use becomes the major family secret, often denied inside the family as well as to outsiders. In an effort to hold the family together in the face of many difficulties the family changes its strategies for coping and the beliefs it shares. Often it is very difficult for families to know how best to support a loved one suffering with their addiction and find themselves feeling isolated and inadequately equipped to cope.

I am a recovering alcoholic myself, and my other work is in a rehab centre.  I believe all alcoholics and addicts, and their families and loved ones have the capability to recover.

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