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    Therapy for Family + Friends of Individuals Struggling with Addiction in NYC

    You too deserve help and understanding

    Coping with a loved one struggling with addiction can be overwhelming

    Whether a loved one is in active addiction or already in recovery or seeking treatment, our trained therapists at Clarity Therapy NYC are here to offer help and support. Family members, partners, and friends are deeply affected when a loved one becomes addicted and often by the time they get help a heavy toll has been taken and life is at a crisis level.

    The Psychological Impact of Addiction on Loved Ones

    The complexities of relationships with someone battling addiction can result in emotional, psychological, and interpersonal challenges. Substance abuse has a profound impact on the individual struggling with addiction, as well as their loved ones. Therapy and support can be an essential part of restoring your healthy relationships, maintaining healthy boundaries, and moving forward with your life.

    In the midst of a loved one’s active addiction, you may feel overwhelmed, worried, confused, and helpless. If your loved one is on the journey to recovery, you might be feeling a mix of hope, fear, and uncertainty, as you navigate the ups and downs of progress and a “new normal.” Over the course of your relationship with a loved one’s addiction, you may also experience:

    Emotional Turmoil

    • Unresolved feelings of anger, sadness, and frustration

    • Constant worry, fear, and anxiety about the individual’s well-being, including concerns about overdose or legal consequences

    • Feelings of powerlessness and helplessness

    • Emotional exhaustion and burnout due to the ongoing stress

    Communication Concerns

    • Frequent arguments and conflicts

    • Difficulty expressing your emotions effectively and assertively, leading to misunderstandings, emotional distance, or shutting down

    • Breakdown of trust within relationships due to broken promises, lies, or betrayal associated with the addiction

    Neglected Self-Care

    • Increased stress and neglect of personal needs and self-care due to the focus on the addicted individual

    • Loss of hobbies, social connections, and self-identity as your time and attention is primarily directed towards the addiction or individual

    • Feelings of guilt and selfishness when attempting to prioritize your own self-care needs

    Impact on Other Relationships

    • Strained relationships with other family members or friends due to differences in how to handle the addiction or conflicts arising from it

    • Isolation and withdrawal from social support systems or activities

    • Impact on intimate partnerships, leading to strain, diminished emotional and sexual intimacy, and potential breakdown of the relationship


    • Development of codependent behaviors, such as prioritizing the needs of the addicted individual over one’s own

    • Enabling the substance abuse through behaviors like covering up for them, providing financial support, calling into work, or making excuses

    • Neglecting personal boundaries by tolerating abusive behaviors or compromising values to avoid conflict or maintain the relationship

    Financial Strain

    • Financial instability due to the individual’s addiction, such as loss of employment or accumulation of debts

    • Additional financial burdens to support the individual’s treatment, legal issues, or basic needs

    • Conflicting emotions of wanting to help but being wary of enabling financially

    Acknowledging and understanding the struggles you face is crucial for your own well-being and healing. From emotional turmoil to codependency, communication breakdowns to financial strain, neglected self-care to strain on relationships – these are all challenges that you may encounter on this journey. By recognizing these experiences as valid and getting the support and education you need, you can maintain your own resilience, make healthy choices and continue to be a source of strength.

    How Can Therapy Help Family and Friends of Those with Substance Use Disorders?

    Expert help can change your life when your loved one is struggling with addiction

    The therapists at Clarity Therapy offer psychotherapy in a safe environment where you can explore your options, gain insight, and find tranquility. Our boutique therapy practice tailors specialized support to each individual, as healing is a unique and multifaceted journey. We prioritize your individual needs, such as promoting healthy decision-making, establishing boundaries, learning and implementing effective coping strategies, reducing negative emotions, and nurturing your inner self.

    Substance use disorders take over the life of the addict while strongly impacting those around them and therapy can help you find yourself again and restore your life. We provide professional support through empirically-based psychotherapeutic approaches, including Insight- Oriented Therapy (Psychodynamic Therapy), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Somatic work. At Clarity Therapy we aim to make you feel seen, heard, and cared for providing the support you need to heal and flourish in your future.


    Therapists Who Specialize in Therapy for    Family and Friends of Individuals Struggling  with Addiction in NYC

    Connecting with the right therapist is the most important factor in your search. We’re here to help you find a great match.

    What if I’m not ready for therapy?

    If you’re not yet ready to start therapy, it may be helpful to explore the following resources for support:

    Al-Anon and Nar-Anon:

    Al-Anon and Nar-Anon are support groups for family members and friends of individuals struggling with alcohol or drug addiction. They provide a safe and confidential space to share experiences and gain support from others in similar situations.

    National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA):

    The NIDA offers information, research, and resources on drug abuse and addiction. They have resources specifically designed for family members and loved ones of individuals with substance use disorders.

    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):

    SAMHSA is a U.S. government agency that provides resources and information on substance abuse and mental health. They offer a helpline (1-800-662-HELP) that provides free, confidential assistance and resources.

    Recommended readings for loved ones of those battling addiction:

    Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself by Melody Beattie

    Set Boundaries, Find Peace: A Guide to Reclaiming Yourself by Nedra Glover

    Explore a list of Frequently Asked Questions such as, “What are the signs of alcohol/drug use?” and “Do ultimatums work?” on PsychToday’s article: How to Help Someone Who Is Addicted.

    Looking for support?

    We can help.

    Our trained NYC therapists specialize in working with loved ones of individuals with substance use disorders. Learn the necessary tools to set and maintain healthy boundaries, detach with love, and improve how you cope with negative feelings. You don’t have to do this alone, book a complimentary consult with a licensed psychotherapist today.

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