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Avoiding Family Arguments about Addiction

Avoiding Family Arguments about AddictionIn terms of effectiveness, arguing with a San Diego drug addict about the addiction is just as useful as ignoring the addiction altogether. No progress is achieved and everyone involved comes out more emotionally damaged than before, especially when it comes to arguments in the family. To help an addict move past drug addiction, you must figure out how to discuss the problem in a peaceful way.

What Causes San Diego Family Arguments about Addiction?

When a family member becomes addicted, her life will fall apart. Family members may easily recognize this destruction as their partner, parent, sibling or child drops responsibilities, interests and general interest in life. When San Diego family members acknowledge the addiction, any of the following negative emotions may spread:

  • Guilt
  • Worry
  • Shame
  • Jealousy
  • Resentment
  • Self-pity
  • Anger

A San Diego parent might feel guilty and ashamed that it took so long to see his child’s addiction developing. A child might feel that an addicted sibling gets considerable love and attention despite the misery she causes. A spouse might feel helpless to say or do anything about the addiction, and resent her situation. When the head of the family abandons responsibility for an addiction, the entire family suffers from the considerable loss in finances, which causes widespread anger, resentment and self-pity. These feelings can easily spark uncontrollable confrontations that launch into heated arguments. Because many addicts feel either right or ashamed, they may become defensive and hurtful.

How Do San Diego Residents Avoid Arguments about Addiction?

When attempting an intervention or simply communicating with an addicted family member, it is important to avoid accusatory or judgmental language. Similarly, communication with the addicted family member should not seek to appease the addict, but confront him about his problem.

The San Diego family should discuss in a controlled environment where family members can express their feelings and thoughts honestly but peacefully. The best course of action is to hire a professional interventionist who can mediate the conversation and keep it focused on recovery, not blame.

If the San Diego drug addict agrees to attend rehab, then make sure the rehab center includes integrated family treatment. As addiction affects the entire family, everyone involved will need professional help as much as the addict.

When seeking a family counselor or a substance abuse counselor, remember that neither is necessarily trained in the other’s field. Ask questions about their training to insure your San Diego family gets the proper counseling it needs, especially for post-rehab care.

Where Can San Diego Residents Find Help for Addiction?

We have a toll-free helpline available 24 hours a day that can connect you with addiction experts, help you find professional interventionists and locate the best rehab options for your family’s needs. Addiction will tear your San Diego family apart, so don’t let it continue. Call today.