When someone suffers from drug or alcohol abuse problems, it affects their loved ones in a number of ways. Therefore, it is just as important for family members to get counseling as it is for the addict to seek drug abuse treatment.
If you have a love one who suffers from a drug or alcohol abuse problem you may also be engaging in self-destructive behaviors. Yet, because you are so deeply involved with your loved one’s cycle of drug or alcohol abuse, you may not even recognize these behaviors.
Here are some examples of self-destructive behavior:
- Denial – occurs when you refuse to recognize or to admit that someone has a problemwith drug or alcohol abuse. Denial may become even more severe as the loved one’s addiction worsens.
- Enabling – involves doing things that helps the person continue with his or her addictive lifestyle, such as helping to pay the person’s bills, covering up for the loved one’s behavior or simply refusing to speak up when the loved one is engaging in self-destructive behavior.
- Codependency – involves being overly involved with your love one’s life and experiencing a sense of guilt if you do not take care of their needs.
If you recognize any of these behaviors in yourself, it is essential for you to seek professional help. Not only will this help you remain healthy, it will also put you in a better position to provide your loved one with the help they need to overcome the drug or alcohol abuse problem and get on the road to substance abuse recovery.
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