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Family Dynamics and Addiction

Family Dynamics and AddictionAddiction is often a family affair. In addition to the well-documented hereditary traits of addiction that run in families, the behavioral and environmental aspects of the disease are profound. Chemical dependency usually involves a combination of biological and psychological effects that can either be encouraged or discouraged by family dynamics. Understanding these dynamics is an important element of lasting recovery.  San Diego families struggling with the addiction of a loved one should seek help for the entire family.

Dynamics that Encourage Addiction among San Diego Families

Some San Diego families may engage in the following habits and patterns that inadvertently encourage substance abuse and addiction:

  • Verbal abuse
  • Frequent negativity
  • Lack of communication
  • Little time spent together
  • Physical or sexual abuse
  • Lack of awareness of each other’s activities
  • Poor conflict resolution skills
  • Covering for each other’s self-destructive behavior
  • Preventing conflict
  • Little or no expression of love and affection
  • Frequent substance abuse by the parents

In most cases, these habits are learned. Parents tend to manage their children in the way they were managed as children. Children learn more from what their parents do than what they say.

Family Dynamics that Encourage Sobriety among San Diego Families

The building of healthy family dynamics does not happen accidentally. Whether learned from healthy family backgrounds or through specialized family counseling and education, the following family traits tend to minimize the risk of substance abuse and addiction among San Diego families as they encourage moderation, self-control and sobriety:

  • Strong communication between all members of the family
  • Significant time spent together at meals, on trips and doing projects together
  • Parental moderation involving alcohol
  • Frequent and open displays of love and affection
  • Active involvement in each other’s lives
  • A general awareness of children’s whereabouts
  • Familiarity with children’s friends
  • Strong conflict resolution skills

No family is perfect, and these skills do not just happen by themselves. But with the right instruction and encouragement some of the most dysfunctional families have changed their ways. With the proper guidance and encouragement any family can build new dynamics that will minimize the risk of addiction or relapse. One of the most powerful assets in an addict’s recovery is a family that recognizes their role in the process and engages in it with dedication and love. Specialized family counseling and education can help even the most desperate San Diego families to cultivate healthy new habits.

Help for San Diego Families Struggling with Addiction

If you would like to learn more about how your family dynamics may be contributing to the substance abuse or sobriety of your family members, please call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline today. Our counselors can help with any of the following:

  • Family counseling resources
  • Family-based addiction education programs
  • Referrals to some of the most effective treatment programs
  • Confirmation of insurance coverage for treatment costs

It may seem impossible but your family can grow closer together through the recovery process. Call today for immediate, confidential and personalized help.