Addiction destroys everything that makes life worth living long before it actually kills a person. Physical and emotional health, career and education are harmed by this deadly disease.

Even secret addictions can have devastating effects an addict’s most important relationships.

How Addiction Impacts Emotions

While there is certainly a physical aspect to addiction, the more devastating and powerful aspect of the disease is the impact it has on a person’s psychology. The same part of the brain that is responsible for emotions, motivation, impulse control and the formation of behaviors and habits is the most directly impacted by the high brought on by alcohol and drugs.

The presence of these substances brings temporary relief to the brain. This relief will be craved by the brain, and every psychological or emotional tool available will be employed to continue drug use. Neural pathways are chemically rearranged by addiction. This creates a compulsion to use the addictive substances that is much more powerful than rational thought or willpower.

The symptoms of psychological addiction are toxic to healthy relationships and include the following:
  • Defensiveness when addiction is discussed
  • Denial of any problem or compulsion
  • Justification of destructive behavior
  • Avoiding people who confront the disease in a person
  • Dishonesty about substance use and abuse

Honesty and open communication are central ingredients of all healthy relationships. Addiction undermines this honesty and fractures relationships long before either the addict or his or her loved one may know that addiction is involved.

Recovery of Relationships after Addiction

Distraught female patient with counselorWhile an addict may believe recovery is impossible and not worth working toward, anyone can find the support and resources to get and stay clean. The most successful addiction treatment centers treat both the physical and psychological sides of the illness through the following techniques:

  • Medically supervised detox
  • Dual Diagnosis treatment of any co-occurring emotional disorders
  • Personal counseling
  • Spiritual care
  • Instruction in healthy diversions and coping skills
  • Support group meetings
  • Tactical preparation for life after rehab
  • Education

The process of rehabilitating the mind from the psychological effects of addiction and repairing relationships requires a consistent effort and commitment. Rehab continues long after formal treatment ends in the form of counseling and support group meetings.

Save or Rebuild Relationships and Recover from Addiction

Even if you think you have kept your addiction a secret, people you care about are feeling the effects of your drug or alcohol use. Don’t wait until it is too late to save your relationships or your life. Find the help you need today, and start the healing process.

Our toll-free helpline is always open, and we are ready to answer your questions and connect you with the best recovery options for your unique needs. Call 269-280-4673 today.