Addiction strongly impacts
Addiction does not just affect individuals—it affects
entire families. Regardless of the
substance abuser’s age or family role, it damages family structures in the
affects familial relationships by decreasing stability at home, creating a lack
of unity, and fostering a chaotic family dynamic. Parents who abuse substances cause
severe familial dysfunction and can induce self-esteem problems in children. Parental
substance abuse also leads to a sense of helplessness in children, as there is
nothing children can do to change their parent’s behavior. If the
drug abuser is a child, the family tends to either enable destructive behavior
or feel helpless to stop it.
abuse can also cause financial problems for families, leaving family members
frustrated, overwhelmed and exhausted. Addicted persons (and sometimes their family
members) have trouble meeting work obligations, because they put addiction-related
behaviors and expenses above other responsibilities.
associated with addiction decrease the mental and physical health of both addicts
and family members. Furthermore, drug or alcohol abusers sometimes display mood
swings that hinder healthy functioning and open the door for physical violence
in the home.
Getting help for the whole family.
is a progressive disease, meaning without treatment it will only get worse. At
Caron, we know how deeply addiction affects families. For more information on
treating your whole family, please
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