Ocean Hills Recovery is there for your family. When a person is addicted to drugs, they may feel hopeless and isolated, but they are not alone in their problems. Families of addicts must also deal with this issue. The manifestation of addiction within a family can harm the whole unit by dividing those within, creating bitterness and resentment. Although they may deeply care for their suffering loved one and may have the best intentions, families of addicts often act misguidedly, behaving in ways that are not conducive to recovery and actually work to harm the addict. As addiction is a chronic, progressive disease that can lead to demise and can forever scar families, it is imperative that everyone involved should become proactive in helping the addicted person to recover.
How is the Addict’s Family Affected?
Suffering families often instinctively prefer to deal with their problems internally, cutting themselves off from the outside world, and may even do so out of embarrassment, not wanting to expose family dysfunction. The care and consul of proper professional help is a necessity for successful recovery. Unfortunately, the love and care shared within families of addicts is not enough to alleviate the problem; however, Ocean Hills Recovery’s effective counselors and administrators can help your family through the addiction crisis.
Why do Families of Addicts Need Treatment Too?
In order for addiction treatment to work, families of drug addicts must be open and honest, and willing to receive help from our empathic drug rehab staff. Unfortunately, in most cases involving addiction, members within families of addicts will react to the underlying problem by taking on stereotypical roles that are harmful to the situation. For instance, a person within the family may not want to acknowledge or discuss the addiction within the family and will distance themselves. A member may also respond by “acting out,” throwing tantrums or rebelling. This distracts from the real problem and can be harmful to all involved.
While incessant negativity may do little to help the crisis faced by families of addicts, denial and/or passivity can be equally as harmful. A person who seeks to uphold a positive family image at all costs by denying any existing problems can impede the recovery progress. Additionally, someone who tries to make light of the situation through teasing or jokes will only succeed in undermining a very serious problem. Generally, families of drug addicts shouldn’t try to pacify all sides and validate all behaviors by seeking to make everyone happy while sweeping the real issue under the rug. This only helps to enable the addict and those behaving dysfunctionally within the family. The warm, caring, professional staff of Ocean Hills Recovery will work with your family to ensure that these common behavioral mistakes are corrected and that each family member contributes to the addicted person’s successful recovery.
Contact us today for more information about our Collaborative Recovery program and how your family can benefit from our effective recovery programs.
About the author:
Nicole earned her doctoral degree in Psychology with an emphasis on marriage and family therapy at California School of Professional Psychology. Her doctoral thesis was a grounded theory study exploring the role of alienation and connectedness in the life course of addiction. She specializes in treating addiction and trauma. She is certified in DBT and EMDR, two of the most highly regarded evidence-based methods in psychotherapy. Dr. Doss is a strong LGBT advocate and provides open and affirming support to her LGBT clients.
Dr. Doss’s earlier education included graduating cum laude from the University of California, Irvine in June of 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. While there, she received honors recognition by Psi Chi and Golden Key honor societies.
Nicole has been working with alcoholics and addicts in our California drug and alcohol rehab center as an advisor and counselor for many years. She is passionate about providing quality counseling and care to her clients. Her main focus is on integrating the 12 Step and disease models of addiction with experiential therapeutic theory. She is married to Greg; they have two adorable sons together and an energetic yellow Labrador Retriever.