It is the responsibility of the family members of an addict to make sure that they have the appropriate coping and communication skills to help the addict understand what they are going through. In a sense, they are also on a recovery journey, and it is just as crucial for them to support the addict through this process. In a healthy family, addiction of a loved one can take a toll on the health and well-being of everyone involved. The trust will be gone, communication efforts may fail and addicts may simply be out of touch with reality. 

They need to understand their role in creating a safe environment for themselves and others. The good news is that, it is possible to undo the damage caused by a loved one’s addiction, if enough thought, time and effort is put into it. When the addict’s misbehavior is awarded, the addict or the family members fail to move in the right direction. They cut themselves out of the responsibilities that are assigned to them and fail to provide. They curtail any and all social activities so that no one will see what they are going through. 

In some families, because of the parents’ actions, children taken on adult responsibilities. In others, these parents deny their own needs and the needs of their children not because they can’t provide them but because they don’t want to. While the family members who are codependents may suppress the addict’s negative behavior to some extent and lessen the conflict for a certain period of time, deep inside the uncomfortable feelings won’t disappear overnight. They often emerge in the form of outbursts of rage, distrust, depression. 

Addicts are prone to a variety of health conditions and disorders as a result of a dysfunctional family and the lack of adequate support thereof. One of those conditions is eating disorders. Not eating food on time, throwing up, being picky with food choice or going for days without food are some of the common instances that happen around addicts. There are plenty of treatment options for eating disorders but the lack of motivation prevent these addicts from getting one on time. As the statistics notes, only 20 to 30 percent of addicts are successful with addiction treatment plans and programs that focus on various disorders. This means more than 70 percent still refuse to get help or suffer. 

Making matters worse, only a few addiction treatment centers are equipped with programs that treat addiction with multiple diagnosis – those who have health disorders along with addiction issues. In a typical scenario, these centers have separate departments for counseling and addiction treatment but no department to handle multiple symptoms simultaneously. As a result of the lack of provisions, addicts have to bounce from one program to another or one department to another. Some of them refuse to get treated while transitioning between these programs. What is needed here is to identify the center that treats all of the symptoms at one place.

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