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When you are suffering from an addiction or a mental health issue, it can be an isolating feeling. You may feel like you have no one to talk to, that no one understands how you are feeling, or ashamed that your loved ones see you in this manner. The truth is, addiction affects every single person in the family. Whether you are a sibling, a parent, a grandparent, or an aunt, seeing a loved one suffering from addiction is a very challenging thing. 

Impact of Addiction

The impact of addiction on a family can be extreme. Addiction may continue down generational lines or you may find yourself, to your knowledge, the only one suffering from addiction in your family. If you are suffering from an addiction you may be feeling a lot of different emotions. You may be feeling guilt, shame, loneliness, and fear. You may not know how to approach your family and get the support that you need. It is important to understand who your support system is and learn how to overcome those feelings and seek the help that you need. You will also need to acknowledge and accept the feelings your family members may have as well. There is a chance that they do not fully understand what you are going through; they may be severely afraid for you, and not know exactly how to approach the situation. 

Everyone May Benefit from Help

Whether you are the person suffering from an addiction, or you are a family member, there is a chance that you could benefit from a professional’s help. There is no shame in asking for help. As an addict, you may have come to the conclusion that you are ready to seek help. As a family member, you may realize that you do not know the best way to help your loved one. You may realize that you feel angry and that you do not know how to move past and rebuild a trusting relationship. When everyone begins to be open and honest with one another, it opens up the opportunity for great dialogue and healing. 

Every member of a family is impacted by addiction. Whether you are the person suffering from the addiction, or you are a family member, you may find yourself with strong emotions. Learning to be open and honest with one another about what you are feeling is a great first step in rebuilding a healthy relationship. You may find yourself needing some professional help. Our professionals can help everyone within the family grow and learn the skills needed to lead healthy, successful lives. The Guest House is here to help you begin your journey of healing. Call us at (855) 483-7800 to learn more.