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The Medicine Is Family Recovery

Uncategorized Jun 23, 2019

Family Disease or Family Disorientation? Either Way, The Medicine  is Family Recovery.

Calling addiction a family disease doesn’t jive with the medical model of disease. There isn’t a code in the DSM for “family disease.” Calling it a family disease leaves room for the family to be at fault for a health condition that is influenced not only by genetics but also environment and stress/trauma. Faulting the family makes way for shame, blame, guilt and stigma, which are the biggest barriers to seeking help and recovery.  That doesn’t mean that the family doesn’t have influence on wellness and doesn’t need proper care too. They do. For better outcomes for recovery from addiction, a well-educated, fully-supported, recovery-ready family is one of the key factors in overcoming substance use disorder. Families need recovery too.

Addiction impacts the entire family system. The side effects include disconnection, isolation, anger,...

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