Family members are often deeply affected by the individual’s addiction. Some people even say that addiction is a family illness, as it requires not only the recovery of the addict, but also of the whole family. This is based on the theory that the family operates as a system, and that any changes in any component part of the system (any family member) affects the whole, and that their attributes (characteristics) can only be understood in the context of that whole. Thus every family member (including the PIR) has to start communicating and reviewing who carries responsibility for what within the “system” and change their behaviour accordingly.
Do you feel like you are walking on eggshells?
We know that caring for someone with addiction requires a lot of strength, as it can make you feel lonely, helpless and frustrated. If you feel like you are walking on eggshells, running out of resources, questioning whether your action is right and need some advice, please do not hesitate to contact us. Here are some helpful suggestions that have been provided by Stafell Fyw Caerdydd/Living Room Cardiff’s family members. It will be a great comfort to you to know that you are not alone and that there are others who are experiencing similar problems and can share their experience, strength and hope with you.