Addiction is a disease of relationships. Family, friends and employers all care about the person struggling with alcohol or drug dependence, and there can be a lot of frustration and sadness generated by someone’s addiction, putting stress on our most important and meaningful relationships. Drug abuse and alcoholism damage quality of life for users and their families and friends.
Drug and alcohol abuse within the family has many negative effects on relationships. Stress, pain, anger, sadness, hopelessness, helplessness, fear and mistrust are among the feelings that can be a part of the emotional roller-coaster experienced within a family. Addiction knows no bounds when it comes to race, ethnicity or social status. Northbound focuses on mitigating the effects of drug and alcohol abuse, restoring and renewing the addiction sufferer and giving them the tools to live a satisfying, healthy life.
Spouses also experience a roller-coaster of emotions when their partner has a substance abuse problem. Spouses often see the pattern of destruction unfolding over months or years the most intimately and are deeply affected. When an addicted spouse receives treatment, new possibilities open for restoring a marriage damaged by substance abuse.
The Work Environment
Maintaining a drug and alcohol-free workplace is important for both employers and employees. Employees with an addiction tend to be moody and anxious to get through the day any way they can. For the addict, the workplace becomes a place where they must constantly conceal their disorder. The alcoholic or addict is often excellent at camouflaging their disease, but they are suffering nonetheless and need help to stop.
Parents often hurt the most from children’s substance abuse. The addict’s behaviors can affect the family system directly and indirectly, eventually creating a dysfunctional environment. It’s not uncommon for family members to attempt to protect the addict from the consequences of his or her behavior (enabling). They may say the addict has the flu, for example, when in fact he or she is hung over, or a parent may make excuses as to why the addict missed another appointment.
Northbound helps families acknowledge their loved one’s addiction and learn how to repair dysfunctional, co-dependent relationships. In this way, the entire family heals from the addiction.