While the current Alcoholics Anonymous model of substance abuse can be helpful, studies show it is more effective used in conjunction with a comprehension of family dynamics around the substance-abuser. Whether a family member’s or your own, an addiction can cause an overwhelming feeling of hopelessness. Whether the addiction is to substances, eating, sex, or whatever else, it serves a purpose -- as a coping mechanism. Exploring the process surrounding the addiction can aid in understanding its origin and provide relief.

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