Family members affected from alcohol and other drug harms have been elongated cursed by social stigma, public abandon and professional misinterpretation. Addicted people family members such as parents, spouses and children have hidden their most life-shaping experience behind the blanket of silence and confidentiality. Eventually stories shared with professionals were all too often interpreted in terms of individual psychopathology instead of normal adaptations to a disorder of equally inexplicable and upsetting. In the history of addiction family members of an addicted individual have been criticized more as contributory agents and similarly a source of sabotaging than as a recuperating resource or individuals deserving services in their own right. History also reveals that it is not surprising at all that family members have most often found healing and purpose when they grouped jointly for their own common support and political support.

Misbah-Raza-1Miss Misbah Raza, an ambitious and dynamic Psychologist working with willing ways. She has done Masters in clinical psychology from the University of Karachi in 2014. she has a profound knowledge of cognitive, emotional and social processes and She is trained to use variety of approaches to help individuals, often interview clients, and give diagnostic tests, family or group psychotherapy.

Editor: Samreen Masud

As addiction is a family disease and it distresses everybody in a family that is why it is usually stated as a “family illness”. Coping techniques are adopted by the members in a family so that it will assist them to interrelate with each other because nobody is aware of, comprehend or is ready to confess, to face the situation individually.

The following coping strategies are followed by the family as :
“Home Remedies.” are the efforts by the family members to survive circumstances whilst denying its reality to others. The strategies are severely limited and hardly result oriented. Coping strategies can be verbal or behavioral, verbal coping strategies are the efforts from the family members to converse efficiently whereas in most families no one wants to talk over this issue of an addiction, hoping that remain quite means non-existence.


The other type of coping strategy is behavioral strategy. It is the behaviors that families intentionally or unintentionally opts to deal with the situation. Commonly behavioral strategies are hiding substances, refusing to buy it, ignoring the addict or other family members, staying absent from home, isolating and many more. Most families always refute that they have established any coping strategies, but it is not easy to reject about their unusual behavior. Resulting these coping strategies, non-addict family members become socially disconnected from family, friends, community and themselves.