FACT: Close friends and family members assume a tremendous amount of responsibility and accountability for their chemically dependent loved one’s behavior. In attempting to help, close friends and family might unintentionally reinforce the denial, which leads to prolonged use and deteriorating awareness of the addiction.
Since it can be extremely difficult to watch a loved one struggle with chemical dependence, close friends and family members often seek therapy to cope with the situation and learn more about the effects of addiction. As friends and family become more educated, the person is more likely to take responsibility for their dependence and seek treatment.
Close friends and family members may be the ones fighting the hardest for healing. However, most people battling chemical dependence need help from a professional in order to understand and control their chemically dependent behaviors. A drug and alcohol recovery program can help someone battling chemical dependence gain a meaningful, sober life that offers positive experience, strength and hope.