How drug and alcohol abuse affects families and steps to recovery for all family members.

Effects of Substance Abuse

This article highlights the difficulties that families face when dealing with addiction. The effects of substance abuse on families can be variable and damaging. It often creates conflicts in many areas, including difficulties with a partner or spouse, children, and finances.

It’s common for an individual struggling with alcohol or drug abuse to focus so much on their addiction that they neglect their relationships. This creates distance and increases the possibility of separation and divorce. In addition, money issues may also become a concern due to employment difficulties and large amounts of money being spent on the addiction.

Furthermore, relationships with one’s children can also come into conflict. In some cases, an individual may lose custody of their children. Or, their children may choose to distance themselves to avoid dealing with the parent’s behavior.

The effects of substance abuse on families can include serious health issues for children as well. According to the article, “Drinking while pregnant can cause fetal alcohol syndrome — damage to the baby’s brain. Smoking in the household can cause health problems for family members from secondhand smoke, including lung cancer. Being under the influence of drugs and alcohol will overall impair your judgment and can lead to neglect or harm.” In addition, the children of someone with a substance abuse disorder are likely to develop an addiction to drugs or alcohol and create a continuing pattern of behavior. For more information on how children are affected by substance abuse, see the source article at the Chicago Tribune website.

Treatment Options Concerning Substance Abuse

Family therapy is an important way to deal with the effects of substance abuse on families. It can help addicts learn to manage alcohol withdrawal, gain a better understanding of how to get needs met, and reduce the likelihood that the cycle of substance abuse will continue. To start, look for a licensed therapist that specializes in addiction and how it affects families.

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