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How Substance Abuse Can Effect Your Relationships

effects of substance abuse on relationships

Addiction affects everyone in a person’s life. Many people struggling with addiction often feel isolated or hopeless. Their substance abuse may alienate family and friends. Over time, addiction can cause rifts in relationships and destroy relationships between parents, children, siblings, and spouses. When a loved one enters rehab, their family and friends also need healing support, education, and tools for a healthy, sober future. A substance abuse treatment center can help the whole family recover from drug and alcohol abuse.

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, the team at A Better State can help. Our substance abuse treatment programs provide the New Hampshire area with various outpatient addiction and mental health programs. Call us now at 781.412.1488 to learn more about how we can help you and your relationship recover from substance abuse.

Effects of Substance Abuse on Relationships

Substance abuse often stems from mental health conditions, prolonged stress, chronic pain, and unprocessed trauma. These aspects of a person’s life can be difficult to share with loved ones. Unfortunately, self-medicating can cause rifts in families. Substance abuse can cause a range of effects on relationships, including:

  • Lying
  • Manipulation
  • Breakups and divorces
  • Lack of understanding
  • Theft
  • Toxic relationships

Substance abuse can often make it hard for loved ones to relate to and support each other. So can mental health conditions. Many families struggle to understand each other’s experiences or find ways to have hard conversations about mental health, stress, and trauma. Family dynamics can often be the root cause of trauma and prolonged stress. They can also lead to more drug use or loved ones ending relationships completely. Substance abuse treatment can provide the whole family with tools to strengthen, heal, and repair relationships.

Treating Substance Abuse with Family Therapy for Healthy Relationships

Individual therapy can help someone uncover their addiction triggers and traumas that lead to substance abuse. However, family therapy is a group therapy style that works with a person in recovery and their loved ones to address past harm, mental health, and overall family dynamics. Family therapists can help:

  • Reframe relationships between family members
  • Provide new perspectives
  • Offer communication tools
  • Change family dynamics
  • Provide a safe space for healing
  • Recommend other treatment and educational programs
  • Foster open communication

Family therapy programs may seem less important than individual therapy. However, addiction triggers often stem from childhood wounds and family dynamics. During addiction, many people may not have to tools to repair broken relationships or attempt to help one another address and heal addictive behavior. Family therapists approach addiction as a relationship issue. Often, relationship issues between family members lead to addiction. In family therapy, loved ones air their grievances and gain new perspectives. This therapy can shift family stories from shame and guilt to stories of independence, empowerment, and community.

Overcome Addiction with Family Therapy and Substance Abuse Treatment in New Hampshire Today

If your family struggles with substance abuse, family dynamics, and mental health, know you are not alone. The team at A Better State is here to help. With IOP, PHP, and traditional outpatient recovery programs, A Better State provides trauma-informed, dual diagnosis treatment. Our therapy programs for substance abuse include:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Yoga therapy
  • Trauma therapy
  • Mindfulness meditation therapy

Our combination of evidence-based and alternative therapies can help you and your loved ones recover together.

Call A Better State Now to Get Started

Don’t let substance abuse affect your relationships. Whether between yourself and your partner or significant other, friends, coworkers, or family members, addiction can cause serious issues. Start substance abuse treatment in New Hampshire today. Call A Better State now at 781.412.1488 to get started.