- Physical, verbal, and emotional abuse is more common in households where at least one person is abusing drugs.
- Children may become emotional or physical caregivers for the parent who abuses drugs.
- A parent who doesn’t abuse drugs may take on the role of the “hero,”while the parent with the substance abuse disorder may turn into a “villain.â€
- Members of the extended family may feel angry, guilty, ashamed, or fearful for the person with the substance abuse problem.
- Parents who abuse drugs may be inconsistent in establishing and maintaining boundaries, resulting in confusion and disciplinary problems among children.
It is important for families to learn that prescription drug abuse is not caused by a lack of willpower or moral weakness, but by a disease process that affects both body and mind. In order to be treated successfully, addiction must be addressed as an illness that affects the entire family system, not simply the individual who is misusing Ativan.