Addiction is a disease that affects the entire family.
In fact, some children who grow up watching their parent in active addiction may end up abusing drugs or alcohol later in their life. Alternatively, some mothers, fathers, and caretakers worry when they notice a sudden shift in their teenager or adult child and suspect drug use to be the cause. It could even be the husband or wife who watches helplessly as their significant other slips down the viscous cycle of addiction. Whomever it is, addiction has the ability to impact more than just the individual who is abusing the drugs.
The National Center for Biotechnology Information says that the impact of addiction can extend even beyond immediate family members. Some may make attempts to protect them from legal trouble while others shun them as a result of their drug and alcohol use. The reactions to a loved one suffering from an addiction to drugs or alcohol can vary, and they can even be detrimental to the addicted individual as well as to the family as a whole.
At The Watershed Addiction Treatment Programs in Florida and Texas, we are very concerned with all of whom are affected by this devastating disease and, as a leading alcohol and drug rehab center, we are committed to each individual’s healing.
While your loved one is undergoing the treatment process, we invite you to take part in our free Family Therapy workshops where you can learn about addiction and address the issues that have damaged relationships because of it.
Each member of our professional staff at The Watershed provides support to promote a healthy family dynamic, and cultivate trusting relationships.
The Watershed Family Program is uniquely designed to provide family members of addicts with tools that will empower them to create life free from the influences of addiction.
These skills include a broadened self-awareness, understanding of family dynamics, and increase communication abilities.
The Family Program is committed to:
The Alumni Program endeavors to provide critical support to members of The Watershed family. We enjoy keeping in contact via phone calls, emails and social media.
The Watershed Alumni Program is designed to keep the patients, along with their families, involved and connected with us after treatment is complete.
Family members play a critical role in the lives of recovering addicts by helping them stay connected to people that have a positive influence in their life.
Not only will it maximize the potential for long-term sobriety, but it will also enrich their lives with the opportunity to help others that are battling addiction just as they did.
Thank you for entrusting us with the care of your loved one. We know you have questions and concerns, and here at the Watershed, we are happy to provide support and discuss any issues.
Also we want to educate you about this illness which will allow you to acquire important skills to navigate the life-long journey of managing the disease of addiction.
The Watershed provides the following comprehensive addiction treatment programs:
Jackie Glass, program director of The Watershed Family Weekend Program, sheds light on how addicts think about their addiction and recovery:
“Addicts and alcoholics don’t just use to self-medicate; if it’s a good day, they’ll want to use and if it’s a bad day, they’ll want to use,” says Jackie. “Addicts tend to associate drug or alcohol use with things like celebrating a pay raise, anniversaries, holidays – even the fact they’ve achieved what they believe is significant clean time.”
Jackie says the primary reason people relapse is because of denial, the hallmark of the disease of addiction.
Denial can be used as an acronym for “Don’t Even Know I Am Lying.”
Euphoric recall is romanticizing the ritual, use and effects of the chemical and denying, minimizing or ignoring the consequences of the use.
Magical thinking is the addict believing that he or she can “control” their use or believe that others won’t know or find out.It is impossible to predict whether your family member will find lasting recovery, but many people who receive treatment do get better.
However, this means that about half will return at least once more to drinking alcohol and using drugs (relapse) before they finally give them up for good.
Adolescents are even more likely to use drugs or alcohol or both again. It is not uncommon for a person to need to go through treatment more than one time. Often the person needs to return to treatment quickly to prevent a slip or relapse from leading to a chronic problem.
Do not be discouraged if your family member uses alcohol or drugs again.
Understand that relapse is often a part of the recovery process.
Although relapse doesn’t have to happen, it can happen.
A treatment program at The Watershed will involve relapse prevention planning that can help you learn what to do if your family member relapses.
Your family member will benefit if you do not drink or use drugs around him or her, especially in the first months after his or her treatment begins.
Don’t wait to get the help you need.
Call The Watershed at 1-800-861-1768.