Dr. Tian Dayton, a survivor of an addicted family, gives a clear explanation of the ways drug addiction and/or alcohol abuse affect the addict’s loved ones.

In the 1960s, when my Dad got treatment, we all thought that once the alcoholic got sober, the rest of us in the family would sort of get better automatically. Normalcy would be restored and we could all go on with our lives as if addiction had never really been there. We weren’t total idiots, that’s what everyone thought. That’s what a lot of people still think, in fact.

If you happen to think this, I will save you a lot of time and heartache. It’s not true. It’s not true because addiction is not only about addiction, it’s about emotional and psychological trauma….

The Hidden Pain of the Addicted Family

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