Addiction experts report that in recent years there has been a steady increase in the amount of individuals seeking drug and alcohol abuse treatment. One reason for this is a change in the way the medical profession and society in general, has began to look at the impact of family addiction.
New Way of Thinking
There has been a shift in the paradigm of addiction thinking and counseling. Whereas in the past, addiction was looked upon as a choice, today it is recognized as a brain disease that stems from family genes and although incurable, it is treatable.
The “Family Tree” Plays a Role
Today’s treatment considers the genetics of the individual and looks at the different types of substance abuse that have been passed down from generation to generation to construct a plan to help the addict. While this concept may seem complicated, in reality it actually helps the entire family come to grips with how much “the family tree” actually plays a role in family addiction. What this means is that if there is a history of chronic drug and alcohol use in your family, then there is a strong likeliness that future family members will be vulnerable to the substance abuse as well. In fact, research has shown that the children of parents with drug and alcohol addictions were eight times more likely to have substance abuse problems than those children of parents without dependency issues.
Coping Skills Also a Factor
Knowing that there is a genetic predisposition for substance abuse, does not mean that the individual has to succumb to addiction. While science attributes that as much as 50 to 60 percent of individuals with addiction can be traced back to family genes, it is also important to recognize that inadequate coping skills also play a significant role in substance abuse.
Getting Clean, Getting Sober
When substance abuse exists, the first step in recovery is getting sober. Seeking the assistance of a medical detox facility can remove the drugs and alcohol from the body. The next step is to enter a rehab treatment that will help the individual learn the coping skills needed to be able to identify the triggers associated with their substance abuse and to avoid relapse. Finally, many people discover that they are more successful when the whole family plays a role in their recovery. Participating in family therapy or counseling, or joining a community support group that specializes in family addiction, such as one of the 12 Step programs can also be very beneficial. If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse and ready to get your life back, Gallus Detox Centers can help. Our IV therapy medical detox is the safest and most comfortable method for detoxing from alcohol and drugs. We will also help you plan for your continued recovery whether entering a rehab facility, a 12-step program, a non-12 step program or additional counseling. Call Gallus Medical Detox Centers today at 855-338-6929, to see if our specialized treatment is right for you.