Even in the absence of addiction, relationships can be difficult. Once you add substance abuse to the mix, all bets are off. Addiction alters brain chemistry. It also changes people in profound ways: how they look at the world; the way they interact with people around them; the value they assign to coworkers, supervisors and careers, and the attention they devote to personal hygiene and financial management.
Most formal discussions about addiction focus on the physical and psychological effects of substance use. But the cumulative effects of drug addiction and alcoholism reach far beyond these issues alone. In fact, addicts find it nearly impossible to juggle social and professional relationships. Social health and a healthy support system strongly relate to personal success, self-esteem, and happiness. So, even if an addict simulates healthy romantic and platonic relationships, the facade will eventually fade.
How to Spot Healthy Relationships
Successful relationships use honest, assertive communication built on mutual respect. They are usually fun and rewarding. And they incorporate compromise, trust and understanding. Healthy relationships are free from physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, violence, and aggression. And because they are built on a solid foundation, can thrive even when the going gets tough.
How to Spot Unhealthy Relationships
Ultimately, substance abuse undermines healthy relationships. Alcoholics and drug addicts may manage to maintain what appears to be a normal relationship. However, over time, the substance use takes a toll. As a result, most relationships impacted by drugs or alcohol dissolve into the polar opposite of joy and reward. Impacted by the chemical and psychological effects of their substance of choice, addicts often display stubbornness; distrust; physical, emotional, and sexual abuse; violence; and aggression.
Is Your Loved One an Addict?
If someone is constantly falling-down-drunk, you would probably believe they have an alcohol problem. Similarly, if you see someone who is high, you might think they are addicted to drugs. But what if their addiction subtly changes them over time? Would you be able to recognize the signs so you could point them to help? Does your loved one fit this pattern?
- Make excuses for bad behavior?
In many cases, alcoholics or drug addicts point to the demands of their profession or education to justify less than ideal choices. If these choices and their consequences mount, it may be time to point them to help.
- Hang around friends who struggle with addiction?
Addicts prefer the company of other addicts. Does your loved one prefer hanging out with other friends and/or family who they say, “are less judgmental” or “understand them?”
- Drink or do drugs more than they intend?
While many people can stop after one or two drinks, alcoholics cannot control the amount of alcohol they consume. In fact, most are unaware of the sheer volume they are taking in.
- Lose interest in hobbies?
Has your family member or friend stopped participating in activities they once enjoyed? Do they spend all of their free time seeking drugs or drink?
- Appear sick every morning?
Substance abusers often slog through early hours each day, bemoaning the fact they aren’t a “morning person.” The problem could be that they are suffering a hangover.
What to do if you love an addict or alcoholic
Drug and alcohol addiction are complex diseases. Changing addictive behavior patterns takes much more than good intentions. Through modern scientific advances, MFI staff understand how drugs and alcohol work in the brain. And we know how to successfully treat addiction. Our outpatient programs focus specifically on teens, women and men. We offer detox and inpatient treatment for men and women, as well as women with children.
About Mt Rubidoux MFI
Our treatment center provides services to people who struggle with drug and alcohol abuse. Located in the shadow of Mt. Rubidoux in the City of Riverside, we provide structured and supportive addiction treatment in semi-private, comfortable apartment-style setting. Monitored by professional addiction specialists 24 hours a day, our modern apartments offer a haven for healing during the rehab process. Living and recovering in our Mt. Rubidoux residential treatment facility means becoming healthy again. Our clients receive intensive treatment and learn new, healthy strategies to sustain recovery. To find out more, call today 866-218-4697, or for non-admission related information, contact us at 951-683-6596.
About MFI Recovery
In addition to the Matrix Model, we rely on proven modalities to provide whole family care. Our programs are gender and age specific to ensure we meet individual needs. We furnish a comfortable and warm, home-like environment with structured, evidence-based methods of behavior modification and cognitive behavioral therapies. Our family systems approach treats the whole family to re-establish trust and mutual respect where it may have been damaged by substance use. For someone who is struggling with substance abuse, recovering alone is almost impossible. Our program helps individuals rebuild the close connections that are essential to successful recovery. To find out more, call today (866) 218-4697, or for non-admission related information, contact us at (951) 683-6596.