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Watching a loved one suffer from a substance use disorder is painful and leaves most people feeling a lack of control. You want to help the person you love to admit that they have a real problem and deserve help, but they often don’t see their own situations clearly. At Ambrosia Treatment Center in Singer Island, Florida, we understand how addiction affects the whole family. Our goal is to help you spot the signs of addiction and find a solution for your loved one.

Addiction Affects the Whole Family

Drug and alcohol addiction does not happen in a vacuum. Addiction also doesn’t impact only the person who has become an addict. A substance use disorder affects the entire family, often creating rifts in relationships, breakups, and divorces. Family members lose the ability to communicate honestly with each other and end up feeling estranged from one another. Until the person dealing with addiction enters treatment, healing of the family unit cannot truly begin.

Treatment programs that include family programming set up everyone for success both during the duration of the program and after the person returns home. Parents, romantic partners, other family members, and close friends learn how to stop caretaking and making excuses for their loved ones. Any loved one who has been engaging in codependent behavior can learn how to remove themselves from that role. This helps foster a better sense of responsibility for everyone involved. Everybody learns how to communicate their needs, develop healthy boundaries, and respect the boundaries set by others.

Is Your Loved One Addicted?

Take this short addiction quiz to see if your family member may be addicted to drugs or alcohol.
  • Have you ever taken substances in larger amounts or for longer than you intended?
  • Have you ever tried to stop or cut down but found yourself using/drinking again (even if it was a different substance)?
  • Do you spend a lot of time thinking about or trying to obtain substance to use?
  • Have you spend a lot of time thinking about how not to use substances?
  • Do you experience a craving or a strong desire to use substances?
  • Have you been repeatedly unable to carry out major obligations at work, school, or home due to substance use?
  • Do you continue to use despite persistent or recurring social or interpersonal problems caused or made worse by substance use?
  • Have you stopped or reduced important social, occupational, or recreational activities due to substance use?
  • Have you used substances in physically hazardous situations (such as driving, operating heavy machinery, taking care of small children, etc.)?
  • Do you experience physical or psychological difficulties as a result of the substance use, but continue to use anyways?
  • Have you found that over a period of time, it takes more of the substance to achieve the same effect or that the same amount produces a diminished effect?
  • Do you experience withdrawal symptoms when you stop using the substance OR do you use substance to avoid withdrawal symptoms?

If you answered yes to 2-3 of these questions, your loved one could be suffering from a Substance use disorder, however this is not a medical diagnosis. Call us now for a private consultation on your options for treatment at (888) 492-1633.

This drug and alcohol addiction quiz should not be used for formal self diagnosis, however they can serve as a guide to evaluate whether you may be on the substance use disorder spectrum. Questioning and assessing your relationship with substances can help lead to positive change. If you feel you are suffering from a medical emergency, you should dial 911 immediately.

Ambrosia Offers Help for Everyone in the Family 

Ambrosia understands how vital it is for a person in recovery to have the support of their loved ones. While your loved one receives treatment from us, we help them understand how to heal family relationships. Our goal is to help them emerge as part of a stronger family unit. In addition, we provide free advice from our Family Wellness Counselors to loved ones and also provide a Family Meeting Finder that helps you find local help in your area. 

Singer Island, Florida Drug Rehab

If your loved one struggles with a substance use disorder, we can help them get their lives back on track. At our Singer Island recovery center, we treat drug and alcohol addiction, along with any accompanying mental health disorders. Visit our admissions process page at our Singer Island drug rehab today to find out how to get started.

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