Families and the Disease of Addiction
Addiction is a family disease that stresses the family to the breaking point, impacts the stability of the home, the family’s unity, mental health, physical health, finances, and overall family dynamics. Addiction can totally devastate family life and cause harmful effects that can last a lifetime. Therefore, addiction is referred to as a family disease. It is critical for families to educate themselves on the disease of addiction. Families often enable the chemically addicted person without even realizing it. Co-dependent relationships within the family dynamic can deter the chemically addicted person from seeking treatment.