What About the Family?

Addiction is a terribly destructive disease, affecting both the addict and those close to them. Often, family members find themselves traumatized mentally and emotionally by experiences they suffered at the hands of their loved one’s addiction. Additionally, some of the behaviors learned during a family member’s active addiction could be harmful to the recovering addict and to the family unit. How, then, do family members “recover” from the trauma of their loved one’s addiction?

Most reputable treatment centers for addicts offer some form of family therapy. This consists of a safe space where open and honest conversation can be facilitated by a licensed therapist. One of the goals should be to identify issues between the addict and their family, as well as establishing healthy boundaries between all involved.

Another resource available to family members are Al-Anon meetings. Al-Anon is a 12-step program developed alongside Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous by suffering family members who needed to recover themselves. It is always recommended that any family members who feel impacted by their loved one’s addiction should attend these meetings, as they seek to identify and eliminate those destructive behaviors developed as coping mechanisms by affected family members.

Family members of addicts suffer as much as the addict themselves, if not more. They

experience anxiety, insecurity, fear, all without the benefit of the temporary high achieved by the drug user. While your loved one was actively using drugs or alcohol, it is very possible you developed a few negative behavior patterns as a means to cope with the addict. It is important to identify and eliminate these behaviors, both for your sake and the sake of the recovering addict. Contact your loved one’s treatment center and inquire about enrolling in a family therapy program, and begin the healing process.


Evolutions is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center located in beautiful South Florida. Our holistic approach to addiction treatment centers around addressing and healing the underlying issues at the root of addiction, rather than merely medicating symptoms away.

Our treatment program includes individual and group-based therapy to help clients understand and manage their symptoms and emotions.

If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction, alcoholism, or any co-occurring disorders please call us at (833) 818-3031 or visitwww.evolutionstreatment.com