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Breaking the Cycle of Addiction Through Family Addiction Intervention

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Breaking the cycle of addiction is possible through prevention, which often runs in families. Though it requires them to be honest with themselves and seek help through family addiction intervention when substance abuse becomes a problem if it becomes one that is. You can always contact Palm Beach Interventions for family addiction intervention.

The effects of addiction can affect loved ones easily within a household and it can be passed down, which is why it is referred to as a “family disease.” Having a history of substance abuse coming from a parent, sibling, or another family member can increase an individual’s risk to develop a substance use disorder. It is not guaranteed, though if it were to happen to break the family cycle of addiction is possible. It is also possible to heal and recover from the effects of a family member’s addiction on your life.

Does Addiction Run In Families?


Genetics can also pass down substance abuse disorders according to substance abuse experts. If one parent has an addiction, a child for instance that parent can be at an increased risk for developing a substance abuse disorder later in life. There is also a “nurture” element that can also be an influence that can contribute to the development of a substance abuse disorder. That would be the drug or alcohol use behaviors influenced and learned by environmental factors as well to coincide with genes. 

What Are The Effects Of Intergenerational Substance Abuse?

There are long-lasting effects on an individual’s mental and psychological mental health within a household when growing up in a family that is affected by addiction. Parents with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) make it especially true for their children specifically. It is very difficult to watch this struggle, especially when the children involved are at such a young age.


Parent(s) that have households affected by addiction are more subject to:


  • Child Abuse
  • Child Neglect
  • Poverty
  • Interpersonal Partner Violence
  • Mental Illness 


It can be a form of trauma in itself growing up with a parent or other family member that has a drug addiction. When the addiction is severe it can easily result in some major serious consequences. Many children may have to lose out on having a normal childhood. Instead, they must take on other responsibilities that are more adult-like within their household.


Children of parents (s) who have addiction issues may also have difficulties opening up to others which makes it even more difficult to build an emotional bond with others. They tend to put up high emotional walls to keep themselves and their family “safe.”


A lot of these behaviors are guardian-type behaviors. They vow to secrecy, manage self-sufficiency, and be in compliance with their parents who have the addiction. Many of these behaviors and ideologies can transfer into adulthood and even future relationships.

How To Break The Intergenerational Cycle Of Substance Abuse

There is no singular approach to dealing with addiction and the path to recovery toward long-term sobriety. Rather, there are several ways that families can overcome addiction cycles. Especially when they take into consideration their needs and begin their unique path towards healing.

Preventing Drug Abuse

Substance abuse prevention is one strategy that can be helpful in breaking the harmful cycle of addiction in families. It is not always preventable, due to genetics for example, within families. Although, there are strategies that can be utilized in reducing the risk of its development nevertheless.

Protective & Prevention Drug Addiction Strategies:


  • Education about substance abuse
  • Early intervention
  • Parental supervision and support
  • Receiving proper treatment for mental illness and/or trauma
  • Learning effective coping skills
  • Positive activity participation
  • Networking and strong community connection
  • Developing/enhancing social and emotional competence
  • Avoiding relapse by abstaining from substance use 


In the household, within schools, or in the community in which you live substance abuse prevention can take place. It can happen through family addiction intervention or through community or school-structured prevention programs.

Understanding Risk Factors

Being able to identify and ultimately be aware of the risk factors of drug addiction can be very helpful tools in preventing addiction early for your loved one or yourself.


Anything that can increase an individual’s risk of creating a certain illness or condition, such as a substance abuse addiction or alcohol addiction is considered a “risk factor.”


Some risk factors would be considered to conclude:


  • Childhood trauma
  • Social rejection
  • Family dysfunction
  • Drug availability
  • Chaotic home environment
  • Poverty
  • Early alcohol or drug use
  • Mental illness
  • Lack of nurturing from parents
  • Early aggressive behavior
  • Poor impulse control
  • Major life changes (e.g. job loss, divorce, moving)

Another preventative factor can be healthy relationships with family members and friends. Including other social support from other sources as well.


Not all risk factors are completely preventable. Though knowing their potential influence and understanding them puts you at an advantage. It can even prevent substance use from increasing its chances of becoming a problem in your or a family member’s life.

Knowing The Signs Of Addiction

Drinking or drug habits can play a major role in destroying a family. Being able to identify a problem is a great early family addiction intervention strategy.


Common addiction signs are:


  • Increased anxiety and depression
  • Increase or decrease in sleep
  • Changes in mood or personality
  • Physical signs of substance abuse (ex., red eyes, tremors, track marks)
  • Decrease in academic or job performance
  • Drug or alcohol use frequency increased
  • Social withdrawal from others (or starting a completely new group socially)
  • Using substances to cope with stress and life difficulties
  • Unexplainable and dramatic changes in weight
  • Very defensive about being questioned about alcohol or drug use
  • Symptoms of withdrawal within hours of previous use


Depending on several factors being a person’s age, the drug used, their personality, and other additional personal and environmental factors can vary symptoms. 

Use Of Supportive Coping Skills

Drug abuse and drinking can become familiarized to children who grew up in a household that has been exposed to addictive substances. This as result, can also be the reason why substance abuse can run in those families too. 


In managing stress, healing from trauma, and/or dealing with life difficulties learning positive supportive coping skills is detrimental. It can help prevent an individual from resorting to alcohol or drugs. These supportive coping skills can be some of the following:


  • Talking to a trusted family member or close friend
  • Participating in professional counseling
  • Engaging in fun positive activities you enjoy 
  • Spending good times with friends
  • Journaling or expressing yourself through creative outlets
  • Meditating or practicing deep breathing
  • Getting into a routine of physical exercise (ex., walking, swimming, jogging, dancing) 
  • Begin healthy habits (ex., getting good sleep, eating a nutritious diet, staying hydrated) 
  • Practice self-care

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Unsupportive coping tools such as alcohol and drugs are harmful to a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. On the opposite side of things, supportive coping strategies listed above can be very beneficial for your mental and/or physical health. 

Be Honest With Yourself

The best thing you can do for yourself is to be honest. Especially if you do develop a drug or alcohol problem. If you do realize you do have a drug or alcohol problem still give yourself patience and compassion. Blaming yourself will only increase your urge to drink or use, which is not a solution. This only worsens your problem and is not likely to be beneficial to get you freed from the cycle. 


Being completely honest with yourself might look like this:


  • Take note of your heavy or frequent substance use
  • Acknowledging and identifying all the consequences of your substance abuse
  • Ask yourself the hard questions you’ve been avoiding.
    • Is my substance abuse decreasing my work or school performance?
    • Is it negatively impacting my relationships?
    • Am I giving up other things I enjoy just to partake in my substance abuse?
  • Identifying the signs of your addiction
  • Reaching out to ask a friend or family member for their opinion


If you are ultimately unsure if you have an addiction problem or not, you can contact us at the Palm Beach Interventions Behavioral Health to speak with one of our educated specialists, at (888) 432-2467 or visit our website and chat with us. Our team would be happy to help you with family addiction intervention.

Ask For Family Addiction Intervention Help

It’s a lifetime struggle for many when it comes to addiction although it isn’t a life sentence. Recovery is possible and so is family addiction intervention! For the majority, this recovery journey begins with a treatment program or some specialized form of family addiction intervention.


Drug and alcohol problems can consist of:


  • Detoxification services (if needed)
  • Recovery support groups
  • Individualized counseling
  • Family therapy
  • Inpatient rehab
  • Outpatient rehab


To learn more about the programs and therapies that we specifically offer at Palm Beach Interventions Behavioral Health you can visit our website to learn more. We even offer several treatment locations as well. If you would prefer to speak with someone over the phone to answer your questions. In addition to seeing how we can best help you, feel free to contact us at (888) 432-2467.

Find Help For Alcohol Or Drug Addiction

In conclusion, here at Palm Beach Interventions, we don’t believe anyone should struggle alone! We can help you end your cycle of addiction and live a rewarding sober life, free from the plagues of addiction. 


Our team has all the evidence-based technology proven to support aiding recovery, along with cutting-edge treatment programs. We are also familiarized, and educated in successfully treating co-occurring disorders when it comes to addiction disorders and mental health. These disorders must be specially treated in order for their recovery success. 

To learn more about Palm Beach Interventions, for us to answer any additional questions, or for you or your loved one to get started in the intake process, please, contact us at (888) 432-2467, and get started today!

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