One of the challenges for friends, family members, and loved ones of those addicted to drugs and/or alcohol is Euphoric Recall.
Everyone involved had hoped that your loved one would agree to get help and begin the healing process, but they weren't ready. Tempers flared and feelings were hurt. Either they refused to get any treatment, agreed to get treatment and then changed their mind, or left treatment early. Whatever the outcome was, the bottom line is that your plan didn't work.
You might not think that your loved one’s substance use disorder is a family business, but their struggles are a complex battle that come with very real consequences to your family. Substance use disorder is often referred to as a family disease, which is true both from a genetic and social point of view.
You might already understand that there are physical, mental and societal challenges that come with substance use disorders and that jeopardize your family’s well-being. Let’s take a closer look at the true impact substance use disorder could be having on your family:
A high-functioning alcoholic may be able to work, socialize and participate in activities without being hindered by their drinking. Some individuals may even seem to be sober and are top achievers and dedicated workers. Even though this presentation of substance use disorder shows up in someone who functions well in society, they still have a substance use disorder and face all the risks associated with excessive or prolonged alcohol consumption. Learning more about this type of substance use disorder can help you recognize the signs in yourself or others and take the first step towards getting them help.
When you’re suffering from a substance use disorder, making the decision to get help is often difficult enough. Then you have to decide how to get help and try to understand the options for treatment. The ravaging effects of substances on the brain make that process even more difficult. Thankfully, a tool has recently been developed to help those who are trying to make treatment decisions.
If you or a loved one suffers from a substance use disorder, commonly referred to as an “addiction,” you will often feel like one of those hamsters on a wheel. No matter how hard you try, you just cannot seem to get off the nightmare merry-go-round of suffering. You may have tried to quit several times or entered treatment only to fall back into the same old pattern again.
Many families will find themselves at some point engaged in a conversation with their teenagers and young adults about marijuana. Often, parents and other loved ones are told by their younger relatives multiple reasons why smoking “pot” is OK. “It’s not that bad for me”, “Everyone is doing it”, “It is better than drinking”, “It is legal now” and the infamous “You did it when you were young.”
Recovering from alcoholism is extremely difficult, and quitting drinking is only the first step. If you are in recovery, you know that you have been through many changes. Your brain is healing from the effects of alcohol. You have had to deal with and face life circumstances without being able to rely on having a drink to release the stress or numb the pain. You have had to start to think about yourself and your life in a new way. As equally important, is that your family relationships have had to adjust to your new sobriety.
One of the challenges for friends, family members, and loved ones of those addicted to drugs and/or alcohol is codependency.
Nowadays, it’s almost impossible to ignore the constant bombardment of advertising day-in and day-out. We all see ads showing up in some most unexpected places and alcohol advertising is no different. One recent ad campaign looks like it’s promoting safe drinking by showing women shunning their nearly passed out would be suitors, only to actually be for a beer company.