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The Family Must Recover Before the Addict Can

January 17, 2020

Families play a significant role in the circle of addiction. That, unfortunately, means that while families are critical to end destructive behavior and support long-term recovery, they may also be partially to blame for the addiction the first place. We now know that addiction manifests from a combination of genetics and environmental factors. Of course, while our genes are fully out of our control, our home environment can breed the beginnings or the worsening of addiction.

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How Behavioral Therapy Benefits Addicts & Their Families

June 19, 2018

Addiction often has roots in dysfunctional relationships and communication within the family unit. Because of the complex network of relationships and interactions, family therapy is an important part of treatment. We know that often, substance abuse is the visible manifestation of a more complex, deeper cause and that is why Destination Hope specializes in family therapy as part of every therapeutic modality we offer. Not only does our family therapy program help the addict face the complexities in his life head-on, it also helps the families themselves: Families have the chance to work out their most complex issues with the…

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Family Support During Recovery

October 18, 2016

Addiction does not just affect the person who is in recovery. This affliction can be thought of as a family disease, because it has a direct impact on everyone in the patient's inner circle. This is just one of the many reasons why family support during recovery is so important for everyone involved. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, recovery is a process during which people become healthier, live more focused lives and attempt to reach their full potential.1 This is not accomplished without four major aspects that lend support during recovery: Overcoming addiction by making…

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How Addiction Affects Children

November 9, 2015

The amount of research available on addiction is staggering, so much so that we now know how addiction affects children. If you're a parent who is struggling with addiction, one of the most difficult aspects of recovery may be facing the effects of your substance abuse on your children. Addiction impacts the whole family, and children are especially vulnerable to the damaging effects of drug or alcohol abuse. Children who live with an addicted parent are significantly more likely to battle substance abuse later in life. With treatment, it's possible to break this cycle of addiction and create a more…

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Depression and Addiction: What You Need to Know As a Spouse

October 17, 2014

Depression and addiction is a common combination for a dual diagnosis. Learn more about what it means to have both depression and addiction, how depression and addiction are treated and how you may support your spouse in his efforts to get recovered. Depression and Addiction: A Frequent Dual Diagnosis A dual diagnosis is when a client of addiction has been diagnosed with at least one accompanying mental health disorder. It is not uncommon for the accompanying disorder to be a form of depression. Your spouse may have had depression prior to having an addiction. Some clients reach for substances such…

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Factors of Addiction: Past Neglect

September 15, 2014

Robin Williams’ death highlights the importance of educating and raising awareness about addiction and mental health issues.  Addiction develops from a number of factors, and the experiences of childhood can play a role even as an adult. Growing up with an alcoholic parent or a relative who had a substance addiction can certainly influence an individual’s future behavior, as can being the victim of child abuse. Childhood emotional neglect falls into the category of child abuse, and it is something we see every day at our addiction treatment facility. What is Emotional Neglect? Childhood Emotional Neglect (CEN) occurs when a child’s…

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Maria’s Family Program Testimonial

September 6, 2014

A mother's perspective on her daughter's treatment I can’t even begin to tell you how grateful I am that my daughter was in treatment at Destination Hope. The therapists, ESPECIALLY Anne W, were AMAZING!  At the time my daughter Lisa entered Destination Hope, she had been in at least 15 treatment facilities over an 18-month period. The family program led by Amanda and held on Tuesday nights is a wonderful program, not just for the patients and alumni, but also for the family. Family members need to understand that while their loved one has the addiction, it is a family disease.…

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Family Counseling’s Role in Overcoming Codependency

May 10, 2013

Family counseling can have a positive effect on codependency. By spending time together in the office of a trained therapist, families can improve their relationships with themselves and each other. Today we’ll cover information about the source of codependent behavior, its effects on the family and ways it can be helped by family counseling. Family Counseling and Codependency Sources of Codependency Codependent behavior is related to dysfunctional family relationships that negatively affect a codependent person's ability to communicate in a healthy way. Many codependent individuals grew up in homes where their parents were unable or unwilling to meet their emotional…

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