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Addiction is a Disease

Addiction tears families apart. When you have a loved one who is struggling with drugs or alcohol, it can be painful to watch. At times, it can feel like your loved one is intentionally throwing their life away or making poor decisions to purposefully hurt you.

We understand those feelings because our team has walked in your shoes. We have experienced addiction in our own families. While we know it can be easy to feel frustrated with your loved ones, it is important to remember that they are not making a conscious choice to engage in hurtful behavior. Addiction is a disease, not a choice.

There is hope. Treatment can help your loved one recover from addiction. With the support of family, assistance from professionals, new coping skills and ongoing treatment, change is possible. Your loved one can learn to live without drugs and alcohol. We will help. But they will need your support through their recovery and sobriety.

Jackson House Addiction Treatment & Recovery Center can provide your loved one a safe and structured program to help them overcome their addiction. We encourage families to take an active role in their loved ones' recovery. With our clients’ consent, we provide family counseling and help all of you develop new skills to support one another. This may include education about the disease of addiction, setting healthy boundaries and learning more effective patterns in communication. Learn more about our program on our treatment page.

Supporting a loved one with an addiction can be incredibly challenging. We encourage all of our family members to prioritize their own self-care and seek treatment if they need it. Al-Anon support groups are a great way to connect with individuals who may also be helping loved ones. If you are interested, here is Al-Anon's website where you can find local and electronic meetings for group support:

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