When you have an addiction, your loved ones suffer too
There are many ways in which drug addicts and alcoholics may justify their addictions to themselves that might sound familiar to you: that you have it under control and are still functioning normally, or that you can stop at any time and therefore do not require treatment. Even if you are aware that there is a problem, many addicts rationalize that at least they’re not hurting anyone besides themselves. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Family members, spouses, children, all of these people are affected by their loved one’s addiction in ways that are more overt, such as financially and emotionally as well as other, less obvious psychological effects that will still be felt years in the future.
Financial burdens, emotional scars, and darker futures
One of the most obvious ways that your addiction can negatively impact your family is through the financial issues that arise due to behaviors like spending any money you can get ahold of in order to buy drugs or alcohol. It’s easy to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars in the pursuit of supporting drug habits and quieting cravings. Your addiction may also become so severe that it interferes with other parts of your life, like making you unable to function at your job and creating not just a financial strain on you and your family, but also putting the burden on your partner or spouse as the sole provider for your family. Your addiction can also put an emotional strain on your family, as your erratic behavior means that you might lie to them, steal from them, and other behaviors that make it clear that they can no longer count on you, in part because your brain has been trained to focus on the goal of feeding your addiction, making everything else secondary. But when it comes to family members being negatively impacted by addiction, children seem to get the worst of it. It may not be immediately obvious, but the effects of having a parent who is an addict will be felt by your children well into their adulthood. The children of addicts tend to grow up with poorer self-image, anxiety, fear of abandonment, difficulty handling stress, and even chronic depression. All of these mental health issues also make them more susceptible to falling to addiction as well. Children raised by an alcoholic parent are in fact four times more likely to develop alcoholism themselves when compared to other children. It may not be obvious now, but your addiction has the potential to cause great harm to your children long after they’ve grown up.
Addicts are never hurting only themselves. Their loved ones also feel the financial, emotional, and mental strain the comes from living with someone in the throes of addiction. It can cause their family harm not just in the present but for years to come as well. If you are not seeking treatment based on the belief that your addiction only affects you, you are sorely mistaken and need to reconsider getting help for your addiction, if not for yourself, then for your loved ones. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction or substance abuse, Call Ridgeview Ranch Today at (800) 296-1868. We’re Here to Help!