What Do Family Members Go Through When a Loved One is Struggling with Addiction?

What Do Family Members Go Through When a Loved One is Struggling with Addiction?

In 2013, a police officer by the name of Kevin Simmers spent much of his time arresting individuals involved with drugs. He felt confident in what he was doing – until his daughter, Brooke Simmers, aged 17, disclosed to him that she was abusing Percocets. Having been a police officer in Maryland, Kevin was very familiar with the cycle of addiction that starts after those types of drugs have been taken – and he feared that heroin was next. Brooke was unable to get into treatment right away and ended up struggling severely with heroin addiction. After several attempts of obtaining and treatment and eventually going to jail for drug-related charges, Brooke was released. It was on April 14th, 2015, that she passed away from a heroin overdose.

Families go through so much when a loved one struggles with addiction. There is so much pain, guilt, sadness and emptiness as family members try to figure out what they can say or do to help their loved one get better. A 2016 study published in the Journal of Social Service Research assessed 12 family therapy sessions of families aiming to heal from addiction. The following were some of the major ways that families were impacted:

·       Relationships with their loved one changed

·       Children often experienced difficulty expressing their thoughts or feelings

·       Some family members weren’t receiving the level of support that they needed from one another

·       Children struggled academically and in other ways as well

One family member stated, “The whole family had to suffer, so the whole family needs to recover.”

If you have a loved one struggling with addiction, do what you can to ensure they seek help – but also seek help for yourself, too. Healing is important for you mind, body and spirit, and it will take some time for you and your family to regain some of that strength that addiction took back. Don’t give up – seek the help you and your loved ones need, today.

If you’re ready to begin your journey towards restoration of the mind, body and spirit, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center today.

The mission of The Beach House is to provide success in the recovery process and elevate the standard of comprehensive addiction treatment. Located right on the coast of Malibu, California, expert clinical care and a holistic view of the recovery process is provided to ensure Best-in-Class treatment tailored to the needs of each client. If you’re ready to start your recovery journey today, call us at 310-924-0780.

Saving Lives; Healing Families.


Kimberly James

I am the founder and owner of The Beach House Treatment Center, The White House, Indigo Ranch, Sweetwater Mesa and Beach House Center for Wellness, all in Malibu, California.