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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Dysfunctional families and addiction

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It is almost a foregone conclusion, where there is a dysfunctional family, there will more than likely
be addiction. Rest assured there is no family that does not have dysfunction. However, the level and severity of the dysfunction is typically what separates an addicts family from other families. Sadly enough, statistics show that most all forms of dysfunction lead to destructive behavior. The need to numb, self medicate, cope with present life and past life issues all seem to stem from a serious dysfunction in the family dynamic. If you live in South Carolina and have some of these issues, see:


Different types of dysfunction within the family often spawn different types of addiction. A vicious cycle that often requires outside help, personal recognition, and enough support sources to stop the endless cycle. Children are always the biggest victims in these families with multiple levels of dysfunction and addiction. What makes it a cycle is the how one dysfunction can cause secondary dysfunctions and leave many suffering its wake.

It is extremely important for families to recognize dysfunction from within. Addiction rarely spawns itself from thin air. In some cases this is where professional help can be a great resource. Depending on the level of dysfunction, sometimes professional help is the only way to help isolate and identify the problems. Some levels of dysfunction that can contribute to addiction, or other self destructive behaviors are the following:
Divorce
Sexual abuse
Authority figures, guardians,parents with personality disorders
Mental illness
Poverty
Neglect
Chronic health issues within the family

Severe levels of these dysfunctional elements is where addiction is often found. The key ways to help offset and combat these severe dysfunctions and to help control the likelihood of addiction is to establish a wide circle of support. Many families often try to cope and support their own problems privately feeling their problems. Embarrassment, shame, personal guilt may all keep families from seeking help and support from outside sources.

Each member of a dysfunctional family is a piece of the dysfunction, a victim of the dysfunction, so turning to each other to cope and overcome the problems is almost always an act in futility. Find outside help from support groups, friends, church and professionals. Breaking the cycle of dysfunction is how to evade the onset of addiction as well as a myriad of other problems. It is a healthy approach and can only improve your situation.
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