The Effects of Chemical Dependency on the Family

The Effects of Chemical Dependency on the Family

Chemical dependency, or addiction, can have a profound impact on the entire family unit, not just the individual struggling with the addiction. The addiction can affect how family members view their family,

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Slide1Chemical Dependency in the Family

Slide2Affects on the family: Addiction in the family affects  any family member in  any  area of their life – now or in the future.

Slide3Affects on the family: It affects their view of a family  How they relate to each other in their family  How they communicate with each other  How they handle their problems and conflicts  It affects future relationships – usually carries over from what they learn

Slide4Family Roles: The family will take on roles to reduce stress in the family.  They are used as a defense mechanism to try to have a “normal” family.

Slide5Chemically Dependent Person Things Others See :  Charming person who gets others to do things.  Perfectionist  Inner Feelings:  Pain  Guilt  Fear of what might happen

Slide6Chemically Dependent Person Job in the family :  Focal point:  everything revolves around them. Depends on if they had been drinking, what mood are they in…  Characteristics :  Blames others for their problem  Makes excuses for their use/abuse

Slide7Chief Enabler Things Others See :  Overly responsible for the family  Easily manipulated by the chemically dependent person  Inner Feelings:  Fear  Anger  Guilt

Slide8Chief Enabler Job in the family :  Try the best to keep the family together  Characteristics :  Makes excuses and covers up for the addict  Pays off debts for them, call in sick for them, etc.

Slide9Family Hero Things Others See :  Very successful and always does what’s right  Inner Feelings:  Inadequate  Confusion  Anger  - all of this conflicts with what others see

Slide10Family Hero Job in the family :  Gives the family something to be proud of  Characteristics :  Very high achiever – has to be the best in grades, sports, etc. VERY STRESSFUL ROLE

Slide11Family Scapegoat Things Others See :  Angry  Defiant  Aggressive  Inner Feelings:  Lonely  Hurt  Guilty  Rejection  Resentment

Slide12Family Scapegoat Job in the family :  Take focus off the addict  Family takes out anger on them

Slide13Family Scapegoat Characteristics :  Can’t compete with the hero, so goes for negative attention.  Gets in trouble – suspended, arrested, flunking classes.  Strong ties to friends that are also trouble  At risk to use/abuse drugs – their escape

Slide14Lost Child Things Others See :  Withdrawn  Loner  Passive  Inner Feelings :  Feel as if they are unimportant

Slide15Lost Child Job in the family :  Appreciated because they are not looking for any attention  Characteristics :  Escapes into a fantasy world – books, TV.  A daydreamer.  Very quiet, not a lot of friends.  May be attached to an object like a doll.

Slide16Family Mascot Things Others See :  Immature, a “class clown”  Inner Feelings :  Anger  Insecure  Confusion  Low self-esteem

Slide17Family Mascot Job in the family :  Make everyone laugh – even in tense situations  Characteristics :  Hyperactive  Short attention span  Needs to be the center of attention

Slide18Stages Family MAY  Go Through:  Stage one:  Denial  “We have no problem”  Try to hide the problem from themselves and others, embarrassed and worried about their reputation.  Makes excuses for the addicts’ behavior.  Tries to create the “perfect family” illusion

Slide19Stages Family MAY  Go Through:  Stage two:  Home Treatment  “We can handle it ourselves”  They try to control the addict themselves – nagging, threatening, getting rid of the supply, etc.  They become socially isolated  They blame each other and themselves when this fails

Slide20Stages Family MAY  Go Through:  Stage three:  Chaos and Disorganization  A crisis occurs because of the addict’s abuse of drugs – can no longer deny or hide the problem.  Family feels helpless, violence may occur, frightened  May look for help – want “magic solution”

Slide21Stages Family MAY  Go Through:  Stage four:  Reorganize  Family gets help for themselves – not waiting for the addict to want help  Ignore the addict or treat them like a child  Conflicting feelings – love, fear, anger, shame and resentment