How Important Is Family in Drug Addiction Recovery?

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Addiction is a biological, psychological, social and spiritual disease. The addict or alcoholic usually has physical effects on their body, they usually have psychological effects, despair, they usually have disrupted relationships. The family members also can exhibit stress related medical problems, hypertension, migraine headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, insomnia just to name a few.

They also will suffer from the psychological effects, worrying constantly about the addict or alcoholic. Their relationships maybe disrupted and they've lost hope as well. They need treatment. It's not just about the alcoholic or the addict, addiction is an infectious disease of sorts that is it's contagious and can spread to any non using family member who grave consequences.

Upon admission to the Betty Ford Center, each patient is asked to identify willing family members who participate in our family program. The ages of those folks are anywhere from 13 and above. We also have a children's program for children 7-12 years of age. Both of these are critical to the long term success of the alcoholic and addict to nearly recovery.