Substance Use Treatment In Massachusetts

Understanding Family Resilience in Recurrent Addiction

Exploring the enduring love, patience, and understanding that family provides guiding individuals battling addiction toward recovery.
— by Kyle Lakey

 

Substance abuse and addiction can be extremely damaging to family relationships, causing a great amount of destruction both emotionally and mentally. Family members who are dealing with this issue may feel scared or helpless when witnessing the harm caused by their loved one’s substance use disorder (SUD). It is not uncommon for them to experience feelings of shock upon finding materials such as burnt spoons and used syringes in their home. Trust amongst family members begins to fade away while communication breaks down due to these painful situations associated with SUDs.

The Prevalence of Substance Use Disorder

Substance use disorder (SUD) is a difficult mental illness to face, both for those who suffer from it and their loved ones. In the United States alone, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) estimates that 20 million people over the age of 12 have been diagnosed with SUD as of 2019.

The road to recovery from drug or alcohol abuse is often rife with obstacles and can be unpredictable. Oftentimes, progress towards sobriety ma