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10 Ways to Cope with an Addict in the Family

        Health | Addiction

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Attend Family Therapy
For families navigating addiction, support groups like Al-Anon and Nar-Anon as well as family therapy can help.
For families navigating addiction, support groups like Al-Anon and Nar-Anon as well as family therapy can help.
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Support groups such as Al-Anon and Nar-Anon are available for the friends and family of people suffering from addiction (alcohol and drugs, respectively). While these support services are important for making connections with others who may be trying to navigate day-to-day life with addiction in the family, so is seeking professional therapy as a family. Meeting with a therapist as a family can help improve communication among family members, rebalance the family dynamic and give family members a safe environment to express their anger, fear and other concerns. Family therapy may also be helpful in preventing the children of addicts from succumbing to the disease themselves.

For families who have someone currently in a treatment facility, there are programs and services available to family through those facilities that can be helpful in dealing with addiction as well as how to come together as a functional family after the patient comes home.


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