THE FAMILY IN THE EYE OF THE HURRICANE
Chemical dependency is a multifactorial disorder that affects the individual,
family and society. But how is it for the family to face this disease
(recognized as such since 1967 by the World Health Organization). At the
first moment she denies the situation saying for example: my relative does not
use drugs, the neighbor uses it. At most my family has a
beer on the weekends. This is the phase of denial, even if all the signs say the family denies otherwise. Why is it difficult to admit this problem
with so many prejudices.
But there comes a certain moment that there is no more to deny. In this
phase the family develops a feeling of guilt and says: where did I go wrong.
The bargains start, for example: if you stop using you win the trip you want so much. When the family is not exhausted, it develops feelings of anger, fights become communication, generating verbal and even physical violence in some cases. This behavior paralyzes everyone and the result is despair. When the family begins to accept the situation, it sees that
alone cannot, taking action looking for help. It is a long process with tangled feelings, doubts, uncertainties, fear, etc.
Through help, the family begins to develop more functional behaviors, thus being able to positively affect the familiar user
Drug addiction disease has been destroying many homes today,
seeking help is key to getting out of the eye of the storm. The support network we have are: individual therapy, family therapy and mutual help groups. To finish: Accepting the problem is the first step, after
seeking specialized help.
Luiz Antonio Castilhos
Consultant in D.Q. member of the CEFI Integration Center.