If you or a loved one are suffering from the effects of drug abuse, you’re not alone.
But it isn’t just the user that feels the effects of drug abuse, the entire family suffers. Here are 5 of the most common effects of drug abuse that the entire family will feel.
1. Every Family Member Plays A Role
Addiction is far from a solitary disease. Every family member plays a role in the addiction, be it through traditional enabling, abandonment, or simply looking the other way.
But that also means that every family member plays a role in the addict’s recovery, as well.
This is a difficult time, no doubt, but it’s important to lift each other up and stay supportive. Be extra vigilant about taking care of each other. Go out of your way to show your support. It may not seem like much, but it goes a long way.
2. Trust May Be Broken
Finding out that a family member is suffering from the throes of addiction can be heartbreaking. You’re likely feeling a variety of things like guilt, shame, and anger.
It’s understandable that you likely don’t trust your family member as much. In fact, that’s smart in all honesty. Your trust was violated and you see your family member in a different light now.
Just keep in mind that addiction is an illness. Be smart and be aware, but be kind and forgiving as well.
3. Health May Decline
The added stress of the drug abuse can really take a toll on you, both physically and mentally. Therefore, it’s important to focus on your health and not just the health of your family.
Spending a few moments doing something you love can be extremely helpful to your mental well-being. Keep a healthy, well-balanced diet, too. It can be tempting to avoid meals or just eat junk, but what you put in your body can affect your mood.
4. Addiction Can Make Employment Harder
As previously mentioned, it’s crucial that you work to rebuild trust with the addict. Part of that may be resuming a sense of normalcy, like going to work every day.
But one of the biggest effects of drug abuse is the inability to find steady work and addiction could make the entire family unemployable, in certain circumstances.
Unfortunately, people tend to make up their minds before hearing both sides of the story. Even if the person applying for the job isn’t an addict, they may have an unfair reputation if word got out.
5. The Whole Family Needs To Heal
Finally, the structural nature of addiction means the whole family needs to heal. Whether this means family therapy, individual therapy, or inpatient treatment for the addict, the healing process matters.
But make no mistake, there is hope. Take steps, even small ones, toward beginning the healing process ASAP and your family will be better for it.
Final Thoughts On The Effects Of Drug Abuse On Families
Addiction is a bleak, vacuous monster. But the mere fact that you’re reading this article shows that you care enough to do your research. And the fact that you care means there’s still hope.
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