How Can a Dysfunctional Family Influence Addiction?
Dysfunctional families influence our lives in many ways, including how substance abuse affects our mental and physical health. Learn more here.
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What Is a Dysfunctional Family?
In a dysfunctional family, children often don’t get their emotional needs met due to the parents’ or caretakers’ feelings and needs taking center stage. This kind of behavior can be exacerbated if a parent has substance abuse challenges, mood disorders, or another mental health disorder. In these situations, children often feel like they do everything wrong and are unable to properly express their feelings. They may also suffer from poor self-worth and unhealthy coping skills.2
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Common Characteristics of a Dysfunctional Family
Every family is different when it comes to family dynamics and issues, but a few common characteristics of dysfunctional families to take note of include the following:
- Expecting perfection
- Lack of empathy
- Overt sense of control
- Excessive criticism
- Narcissistic behavior
Your family may exhibit other dysfunction aspects, so it is important to talk to a therapist to determine if your family’s dysfunctional behavior is affecting your life and well-being.
Dysfunctional Family Roles
Enabler or Caretaker
Scapegoat or Troublemaker
Generally, a scapegoat is one of the children and gets blamed for many of the family’s issues, even when they have no part in contributing to them. This can quickly become taxing for the child and create self-esteem issues, leading the child to lash out in other ways.
Lost Child or Quiet One
Effects of Living in Dysfunctional Families
Negative Behaviors Stemming from Dysfunctional Family Upbringing
- Social isolation or loneliness
- Behavioral disorders
- Being extremely self-critical
- Having low self-esteem
- Mental health or mood disorders
- Potential substance abuse disorders
- Poor social skills
Types of Dysfunctional Families
Emotionally Detached Family
Substance Abuse Family
Overcoming Dysfunctional Family Traits
If you or a loved one notice the signs of dysfunction in your family or even in yourselves, it’s never too late to start the work to overcome these negative traits. It’s recommended that anyone in this type of situation start psychotherapy with a trusted therapist. This way, family members will feel safe and supported during the process, as it is generally difficult to understand and come to terms with how these dysfunctional traits hurt you and your emotional, mental, and physical well-being.
Methods of Healing
A few ways to start working to overcome the traits of dysfunctional families include:
- Adopting healthy brain habits
- Finding a support network
- Working on relationship skills
- Receiving treatment for any potential mental health or substance abuse disorders
Find Help at Profound
Profound can help you or your family members work to overcome any negative traits or behaviors resulting from your dysfunctional family. Our inclusive and supportive treatment center will meet with you to curate a treatment plan that is individualized to you and your needs. We offer multiple substance abuse treatment options, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and inpatient detox.
However, we also offer multiple therapy options for those struggling with dysfunctional families, including family systems therapy, attachment therapy, and trauma-focused therapy. We are here to help you every step of the way during your recovery. Our facility also offers yoga, meditation, acupuncture, and healthy eating options to help encompass a holistic approach to your recovery so that you can feel physically healthy as well.
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Reach out to Profound Treatment today if you or a loved one want to start your recovery or healing process.