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To raise awareness about addiction and how it affects the entire family, Enterhealth – a science-based drug and alcohol addiction treatment company based in Dallas – recently hosted an intimate evening event with Mariel Hemingway, an Academy Award-nominated actress and the granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway. She and her famous family faced many struggles due to addiction, suicide and mental health issues, which she discusses in her newly published book “Out Came the Sun.” A fervent advocate for mental health, Hemingway spoke about overcoming the legacy of mental illness, addiction and suicide in the family during this special event.
Enterhealth feels it is important to understand how addiction impacts the family and that the entire family needs treatment, not just the addict. Addiction alters the brain chemistry of the addict as well as the family members, leading to a host of conditions including depression, anxiety, hypervigilance, insomnia and substance abuse. Family involvement and treatment are critical components of long-term alcohol and drug addiction rehabilitation. “Addiction significantly impacts and alters the dynamics within a family,” said Enterhealth Chief Medical Strategist Harold Urschel, M.D., M.M.A., author of the New York Times bestseller “Healing the Addicted Brain.” “When drug and alcohol addiction injures the brain, that person is struggling with a brain disease. As a result, the rest of the family has to adapt to the new chaotic and damaging lifestyle. To learn more about the services provided by Enterhealth, visit www.enterhealth.com.