Addiction is a family diseaseAlcohol and or drug abuse has immeasurable, devastating negative consequences on the entire family. Any active alcoholic and or drug addict is a terrible influence on everyone in their world. If the addict or alcoholic is the breadwinner, the negative consequences impact everything in his life. His job, if he still has one, is in jeopardy. And most importantly, his relationship with his wife and children is poor. It has to be that way. The same is true for the wife. Nothing in her world will be right, while she is active in her alcoholism and or drug addiction.

  • Three out of ten adults report that drinking has been a cause of trouble in their family
  • 20 million Americans, 1 in every 10 adults, drinks alcohol daily
  • One in ten Americans currently has an alcohol problem
  • Few of the more than 18 million U.S. alcohol abusers ever receive treatment

Family Member with a Drug or Alcohol Problem

Drug and alcohol abuse among young people is worse than it has ever been. Underage drinking, smoking marijuana and using medication has reached epidemic proportions.

Family and friends are a treasure, a lifeline, a valuable source of support during good times and bad. Whenever a family member or loved one abuses alcohol or drugs, it creates a significant, negative effect on the people around them. Consequently, those closest to them are sometimes torn about when to raise the subject of seeking professional treatment. Alcohol and drug abuse are clinical conditions that can be treated through a comprehensive program of clinical and therapeutic care. Unfortunately for some, this valuable knowledge does not make the decision to speak up about seeking treatment any easier. Approaches will always differ from person to person, situation to situation. The road to recovery, for some, is long and arduous. But, knowing when to speak to a family member or loved one about treatment for drug or alcohol abuse may be the first step in the journey.

How to Identify If There is a Problem

    • When drug or alcohol use becomes dependency

Many who have suffered from difficulties with alcohol or drug dependence began using alcohol or other substances as a crutch during times of personal or professional hardship. Many who have problems with self-confidence, depression, job or family-related stress, and loneliness are also vulnerable to substance-related addictions. They turn to alcohol or drugs in order to deal with stress. In these situations, it may be time to speak to the family member or loved one about seeking treatment for drugs or alcohol.

    • When drug or alcohol abuse leads to increasingly dangerous situations.

Obviously, drinking and driving (or driving under the influence), or operating heavy machinery in the same condition are not only dangerous for the individual but may also cause serious injuries (if not fatalities) to those around them. If a family member or loved one’s patterns of drug or alcohol abuse have led to these kinds of dangerous situations, the time is right to speak to them about seeking treatment.

    • When drug or alcohol abuse leads to legal troubles.

In all states nationwide, alcohol or drug abuse usually compounds legal problems. This is a concern that can lead to stiff penalties, fines, and jail time for the offender. If drug or alcohol abuse has led to troubles with the law, it is time to speak up about the problem and open a discussion about treatment.

    • When drug or alcohol abuse leads to problems in personal relationships.

We don’t want to hurt the ones we love.

    • Physical or verbal abuse in the home

It is a sure sign that it is time to speak about seeking treatment for drug or alcohol abuse. Abuse is an unfortunate reality in many drug and alcohol cases. So, when alcohol or drug abuse creates trying times for parents, children, friends, spouses, or other family members, it’s a good time to speak about treatment.

    • When alcohol drug dependency affects everyone close to the individual

The decision to speak to a family member or loved one about alcohol or drug abuse and treatment is a highly personal one. But, ultimately, the decision to engage the substance abuser in a dialogue about treatment and treatment options is one that seeks to help relieve many of the root causes of alcohol and drug abuse and allow the family member or loved one to heal.