You might think that a drug or alcohol addiction is the property of the abuser, but you would be wrong. One person’s drug or alcohol addiction affects the entire family thus the need of therapists to address the issue as they see it – addiction as a family disease. Whether the addict is the child or the parent, the repercussions are the same. Addictions can either tear families apart or solidify the bond. The end result is a matter of how the addiction is handled.

Therapists counsel families every day and teach the families how to deal with an addiction as a unit. Interventions are frequently mentioned then held and the importance of family support is stressed. If the family comes together as a unit, the chances of beating the addiction increase. Oftentimes, however, it is not unusual for family members to turn their backs on those who are battling an addiction thus tearing the family apart.

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