How exactly does addiction impact you and your loved ones?
Drug addiction destroys lives; not solely the lives of those addicted, but the lives of their loved ones also. Gradually, the addicted loses interest in their loved ones and rational behavior is always far from expected. More often than not, addicts exhibit “fits” which push their loved ones away.
The drug epidemic in New York City is fast rising and families and friends have lost someone dear to them, either through drug related deaths or through the irrational impulsive actions often associated addiction.
It is glaring the effects drugs have on the addicted. What the society sometimes fails to realize is that there is a certain class of people who are more affected than the addicted themselves; the wives, the husbands, the children, the parents, the best friends, the loved ones.
How Are Loved Ones Affected ?
Your loved ones Suffer Abuse
The irrational actions which effuse during the aftermath of drug intake does not take into consideration the consequences of certain actions. This is the root of the abuse which the addicted lets his loved ones go through either physically or emotionally. Denying the loved ones of certain attention, verbally abusing them or in some cases, physically abusing them can lead to depression and anxiety in them.
The use of intravenous drugs and needles exposes the addicted to certain blood borne diseases that can be transmitted to their partners. Having to take care of an addicted loved one and at the same time, battling with certain diseases such as HIV and hepatitis is not in any way a pleasant experience.
There are times when families of the addicted have to fend for themselves. It may not be as a result of the family being originally financially handicapped. Addiction is what it is, there is no mincing words about it. When the addicted needs more drugs, he spends what ever money he finds, not minding if that is the last of the family’s money. This happens gradually till the family becomes very financially unstable and the notion of living sober will usually become more attractive.
A worst case scenario is that of both of either parents being addicts. In New York City, most drug addiction cases include, heroin, prescription drugs, fentanyl, and opioids. These drugs are easily addictive and when parents are addicts, this takes a great toll on the children. School and education may become a a forgotten story, and the attention, care and love every child needs would definitely be lacking in the lives of the children, this affects their overall development in all ramifications, either psychologically, emotionally, or physically.
In New York City, the drug epidemic has been exceptionally elusive, both to the state as a whole and to the most integral parts of the state; families and loved ones. The only way to avoid these situations from occurring is by embracing sobriety. Sober living puts your life back on track and in perspective. It gives a new form of hope and joy to loved ones and you have a great opportunity for a second chance in life. Sober living is the best action to take in order to stop our loved ones from feeling so much pain. Valley Spring can help you or your loved one take the next step. We have care coordinators and interventionist available. Call us and we will be happy to help get you sorted with our premier NYC sober living residency and recovery services offered in Manhattan.
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