There’s no question of the stigma associated with those who suffer from addictions, but people rarely think of their loved ones – their caretakers – and the stigma that follows them, too. The development of an addiction affects not only one person, but everyone who cares about – and for – them.
Many People Struggle During the Development of an Addiction
“In the addiction world, support and therapy for a loving spouse (or parent) typically involves judgmental head-shaking, tut-tuts, and expressions of concern about the caretaker’s problem, with that problem being identified as dysfunctional attempts to love, save, rescue, and heal the addict and the family.” In short, though most “blame” is placed on the patient, those who care for them are also judged for the actions that they take, though those actions are typically in order to try and heal their loved one.
There is an enormous amount of misunderstanding when it comes to looking at caretakers of addicts from the outside. We are quick to judge others in general, but particularly so when it comes to the ever-sensitive subject of substance abuse. The development of an addiction creates high tensions on all fronts, but more rarely talked about is the fact that the loved ones of these people can be demonized for trying to help find relief and recovery for the patient.
This is a difficult topic to broach in general, but this territory in particular can be challenging. “Instead of blaming caregivers for resisting a path that feels innately wrong to them, maybe we should find a less intrusive, less shaming way of supporting them.”
To find out how best to help someone affected by the development of an addiction, contact The Bergand Group. We offer recovery programs for yourself or for others or are seeking education materials about addictions. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction treatment and recovery center and offers support for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues, including direction for those who may be denying an addiction. We can help you to work through your addiction in a safe and healthy environment where everyone is committed to your care.
About The Bergand Group:
At The Bergand Group in Baltimore and Harford County, Maryland, our therapists have more than twenty years of experience in the mental health and addiction fields. Our focus is on providing comprehensive mental health care and appropriate care for addictive disorders. We offer both alcohol rehab and drug rehabilitation. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance addiction, there is help available. We also offer several other services, including family therapy and counseling. We can help. Contact us today.