Addiction Is A Family Disease
Recent research into the treatment of addiction points to the fact that as addiction is a disease that affects the whole family, the whole family should be included in treatment. The success of family programs in addiction treatment is evidence of this.
Alcohol and drug abuse not only harms the addict, but it can destroy relationships and also create emotional turmoil for family members and loved ones as they witness and experience a family member’s alcoholism or drug dependence.
Addiction is often referred to as a family disease and addiction treatment is ideally a family affair. Along with the addict, family members need and deserve help and support to overcome the negative effects of alcohol and drug abuse.
One of the most commonly asked questions is, “What is your success rate?” Many find it difficult to understand that the success rate is not determined by us but rather by the family. An intervention is only successful when the entire family is able and willing to come together, to remain on the same page, and to follow directions in unison. Although the percentage of people who enter treatment following an intervention is very high, the success rate of those who recover is in large part determined by their families’ commitment to follow directions before, during, and after the intervention. If that occurs, whether or not the loved one says “yes” to treatment, the family can achieve closure and peace of mind, knowing that everything that could be done has been done.