It is understandable that the focus of addiction is primarily on the addict. However, my work and experience has shown me that addiction tends to be an illness or condition that develops around profound problems within the family unit, or system. It is important that we find ways to consider the way the family interacts, the way the system as a whole works, and to see what changes can be made to that.
How do you break the destructive cycle of addiction?When someone is in the grip of addiction it becomes impossible to reason with them. Everything they say is coming through the filter of active addiction. The conversation goes nowhere. The only thing that matters to the addict is where and when the next drink, drug, or fix is.
Borderline personality disorderBorderline personality disorder (BPD) is characterised by abnormal emotional behaviour, and by unstable emotional relationships with other people. The individual suffers from a disturbance that is felt around issues of abandonment, trust and security. Someone suffering BPD is likely to be especially sensitive to the emotional atmospheres they experience, and especially quick to feel the sense of emotional change and discord.
Dissociative states of mind can be brought on by: too much stress by living through traumatic events (PTSD) repeated traumatic events (CPTSD) Dissociation refers to a sense of feeling cut off from yourself or from the people around you. It can be a disturbing experience involving an unsettling sense of detachment.