Seeing anyone you love fall into the grips of addiction is a confusing and terrifying experience, but when it’s a child watching a parent that they look up to and rely on to feel safe and secure exhibiting the physical and psychological effects of addiction, the emotional effect on the child can be long-lasting. Executives are susceptible to addiction too, possibly even more so than other people because of the stress they face at work on a daily basis, and understanding the importance of family and addiction treatment for executives can mean the difference between tearing your family apart and keeping it together. For more information about family dynamics in addiction, or to find out what executive addiction recovery program is best suited for addicted parents, call Behavioral Rehabilitation Services to speak to an experienced substance abuse counselor today.
Family Dynamics with Addicted Parents
Living with addicted parents is traumatizing for children, and, true to the destructive cycle of addiction, the trauma and neglect that accompanies addiction can increase a child’s risk of suffering from his or her own substance use disorder later in life. It becomes easier for a child to numb his or her feelings or disconnect from them than it is to experience the anger, hurt, confusion and guilt that comes with having an addict as a parent. It is often only after an addict parent recognizes the adverse effect addiction has had on his family that he finally agrees to seek treatment. In some cases, it takes the addict’s loved ones staging an intervention to finally put an end to the substance abuse. After all, family members are often the ones who bear the brunt of abuse during the years of addiction, including lying, theft, medical problems, financial problems and job loss, and by seeking treatment at a rehab facility, the addict can start on the path to healing these open wounds.
Roles of Family Members in Addiction
Even when there is another, sober parent in the house, it’s easy for a child to become caught between trying to “cure” the addicted parents and trying to comfort the sober parent, which is more than any child should have to deal with. Many children faced with the reality of addiction in a parent try to do anything they can to help, either by reassuring the other parent, taking on household chores that are falling to the wayside, or caring for younger siblings whose physical and emotional needs aren’t being met by their parents. Younger children may cling to the belief that if they are “good” enough or “helpful” enough, everything will be fine. However, there is a fine line between helping and enabling, in which a family member allows an addict’s behavior to continue by smoothing over family upsets and covering for the addict with other family members. It’s easy for the roles of family members in addiction to become blurred, but in the wake of an addiction disorder, it’s important to remember that, as a parent, it’s your duty to care for your children and keep them safe. Exposing them to the destructive world of addiction is only preparing them for a future life of addiction.
Call Best Rehabilitation Services Today for Help
If you are an executive struggling with a debilitating addiction problem, don’t underestimate the havoc your addiction can wreak on your household, and the lasting negative effect it can have on your children. Call Best Rehabilitation Services today to speak to a qualified addiction recovery counselor about your substance abuse treatment options.