Substance abuse disorders are interesting disorders. They are hallmarked by denial and minimization. When a family member has concerns about a loved one’s substance use confronting them, while important, may lead to more frustration regarding the substance use.
Substance use becomes an abuse disorder when it adversely affects a person’s life-socially, emotionally, financially or legally. The substance abuser may very well be in denial or a state of minimization regarding their use and not recognize this until a profound event has occurred (family dissolves or an arrest-a DWI for example).
The family members may likely have more insight in to the abuse pattern that the abusers themselves. Confrontation and treatment are important.
But I must endorse the family members seeking treatment for them as this is a family illness and they may very well be affected and not realize the extent.
Al-anon family groups are an excellent source of information and support. Attendance is free and confidential.
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