We often hear about the damaging physical effects of drug abuse. But another important factor to consider is the negative effect drug addiction can have on an individual’s social health.
Even if an addicted user has loved ones around them, their focus will soon shift to obtaining drugs. The drive to use drugs is both physical and physiological and their relationship with drugs will become their priority. Below our experts from our drug rehab clinic, the Providence Projects, discus the how drug abuse can damage personal relationships.
It is common for drug abusers to withdraw from the people closest to them. Due to their fear of judgement and lack of self-esteem, many users may start lying about where they were and who they are communicating with to conceal their drug habits. Withholding information from friends and family will often cause trust issues and hurt long-term relationships.
Anger and Abuse
Many chemical substances such as cocaine, MDMA and Methamphetamine can trigger irritability and aggression. This may cause the user to project their anger onto others and even show violent behaviours towards the people they love. If you believe a loved one is showing violent symptoms and requires cocaine addiction treatment, please contact Providence Projects today.
If a parent is funding their drug addiction, this may cause financial pressure on the family. It is also common for a drug addicted individual to borrow or even steal large sums of money from partners, family and friends.
How to resolve the damage
The obvious way to stop the behaviours that are damaging the relationship is to stop taking drugs. However, this can be a very difficult and lengthy process. At our private rehab clinic, we highly recommend drug addiction counselling for both the individual and family.
Family and couple counselling helps educate non-users about the effects of substance abuse and understand how their role can help their loved one. A trained counsellor will provide support for families of addicts and help identify habits and patterns that can trigger drug abuse. Counselling can also help families develop effective strategies to cope with these issues in future. Investing time and energy discussing your relationship will not only help repair your relationships but strengthen them over time. The Providence Project also offers drug intervention programmes to help families speak to their loved one and prevent them from self-destructing.
At our residential drug rehab, we offer 1-2-1 counselling. A personal, focal therapist works with each individual to devise an effective treatment plan. Each personal counsellor will be available during treatment. They will also be an intermediary between both those suffering from drug addiction and their families to provide everyone with additional support.
If you would like to learn more about our drug addiction treatments or alcohol treatments, at our private drug and alcohol rehab in Bournemouth, please contact our experience team of experts at The Providence Projects on 0800 955 09 45.