Beyond parents and siblings, addiction also impacts other family members and loved ones. They may be more distanced from the day-to-day fallout of an alcohol or substance addiction, but addiction still puts additional strain and stress on all family members. Some loved ones may try to micromanage the individual struggling with an addiction to get them to correct their behaviors, while others may distance themselves from the situation. Most people fall somewhere in between.
The most important thing to remember is that every family member or close friend is going to respond differently to the reality that someone they care about is struggling with addiction. It’s also vital to remember that not all family members, including spouses, children, and grandparents, may be equally equipped to positively influence their loved one on the road to recovery. If they’re struggling with their own addiction or tend to fall back on enabling behavior, they may have to first confront their personal issues before they can be a positive voice for their loved one.
No matter how addiction affects loved ones, each individual needs to step back from the situation, understand how the addiction impacts their life and well-being, and assess how they can productively contribute to recovery. When in doubt, planning a drug or alcohol addiction intervention offers an accessible place to start. If you think now is the right time, learn more about how to stage an addiction intervention.