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The Influence in Dane County WI.
Many of the discussions surrounding substance abuse (which includes alcohol) tend to focus on the physical and psychological effects of the substance use. The effects of substance abuse, however, expand beyond these issues and further encompass one’s social health and well-being.
Social health refers to one’s relationships and the ability to maintain healthy, rewarding relationships.
Social health and a healthy support system are correlated strongly with individual’s success, self-esteem, and happiness in life.
Unfortunately, substance abuse (which includes alcohol) can damage social health. All types of relationships – family, friendships, and romantic relationships — can be put under enormous strain when someone becomes abusive/addicted.
The Elements of Successful Relationships
Even without the presence of an addiction, relationships are complex issues that take work to maintain. Successful relationships:
The Damage Associated with Abuse/Addiction
When abuse/addiction enters the mix, many of the elements that make for successful relationships become much more difficult to maintain. Once a substance user progresses from occasional use to addiction, they are likely to have a single focus: obtaining and using the substance.
Since relationships often cannot compete with the euphoric experience of substance use, the user will typically put less time and energy into maintaining the relationship, allowing various damaging elements to begin to surface.