Explore our interactive feature below and learn how addiction can affect the entire family. Click on a family member to learn more.
Meet Allie, Brett, and their two kids, Madison and Jackson. Let’s look more closely at their lives.
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Allie - Mother
As Allie’s husband’s alcohol use has become a greater and greater part their relationship, Allie has begun to feel deserted and hopeless as the only reliable parent in the home.
She has experienced her husband’s fits of rage and his disinterest in sex as signs of her incompetence and lack of appeal as an aging spouse.
For years now, Allie has suffered from feelings of sadness, hopelessness and low self-worth, becoming increasingly removed from family time and less responsive to her children’s feelings and needs.
Allie has not slept well in years. She has a poor appetite. She feels ashamed and uncomfortable with her body.
Brett - Father
Brett feels like no one in the family listens to him anymore: no matter how reasonable his worry, how loudly he yells or how carefully he speaks.
Brett feels ashamed for the times when he loses control and yells at his wife, causing him to avoid her during calmer times.
Brett has run up a substantial credit card debt to accommodate his excessive drinking and social habits. He has begun to worry that his wife, Allie, is going to learn of his delinquent accounts.
Brett feels out of control in respect to his family relationships: bouncing between isolation, due to shame and regret, and childish playfulness in a desperate attempt to reconnect with his wife and children.
Madison Daughter/Older Sibling
Madison has been looking for her way out of the family since she started high school.
Madison is angry and unapproachable in the home: reflecting the anger and unpredictability in her parents’ relationship.
After some initial experimentation, she has developed a regular cocaine habit, both as a way to rebel against her family’s very traditional values and in an attempt to feel some control over her ups and downs.
Seeing herself as her mother’s child, Madison, too, has developed body image issues: now showing through in restrictive eating habits which may lead to anorexia.
Jackson Son/Younger Sibling
Jackson has grown up feeling insecure and unstable in his relationships with his parents due to his mother’s depression and his father’s erratic moods from alcohol abuse.
His lack of security with his parents has led to strong feelings of anxiety, even at this young age.
Jackson has learned to avoid asking for help in the family, believing that his father’s and sister’s problems are more important than his own.
With no outlet for his worries, Jackson’s feelings have turned inward and now affect his health with digestive problems, poor sleep and frequent headaches.
See how Freedom Institute helps them break the cycle.
Connected with services at Freedom Institute, the family will begin to identify the underlying problems that fuel their individual and family behavior even as they develop a clearer picture of the seriousness and scope of some of these immediate symptoms.
Working with their FI clinical team, Brett and Allie will begin to take care of their individual health (sobriety, mental health, self esteem) as well as their relational health (parenting, romance, financial recovery).
They will begin to help Madison and Jackson to feel supported and secure: inviting Jackson to seek help from the family for his own struggles and connecting Madison with additional care for her substance and physical health needs.
The family will begin to feel less driven by worry and distance and more driven by security and support. They will reclaim their hope.