The Family Feels the Impact of Substance Abuse

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It is a well known fact that a drug addiction can impact or destroy all areas of the individual’s life, as well as the lives of their families. Family dynamics may be affected and the damage difficult to repair.

How are Families Affected by Substance Abuse?

The individual who is abusing drugs doesn’t stop to reflect of their actions or the consequences thereof. This causes conflict within their personal relationships. Some of the factors that affect the impact on families could be:

Focusing Time and Energy on Drugs

The individual with an addiction will usually spend most of their time, energy and focus on obtaining drugs and using them. This leaves them with little to no time to spend with their families. Conflict arises within the family because the individual continuously puts drugs ahead of their relationships.

Financial Stress

One of the biggest impacts that a drug addiction has on an individual is on their finances. Generally, the individual spends whatever money they can get their hands on to get more drug. Often the individual will not have money to pay for rent or groceries, causing their families to go broke. It is easy to spend hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in a very short period of time, all to sustain a drug habit. The individual with an addiction may also not be able to function in their job, and be let go, thus creating a bigger financial burden on their spouse or partner. The individual and their families may have to face bankruptcy, foreclosure, losing their savings and so on

Damage Caused to  Children

Children are often a casualty of their parent’s drug addiction, being inflicted with serious emotional, sometimes physical, damage. The individual with the addiction may behave violently towards their children, or even sexually abuse them. Many children of addicted individual suffer long term emotional and psychological damage. Government studies show that an estimate of 50-80% of child abuse and neglect incidents are a result of the parent (or parents) being involved with drugs or alcohol.

Neglecting Spouse or Partner

The individual with an addiction may be abusing their spouse or partner, physically or emotionally. The individual may cheat, or seek other forms of satisfaction outside the relationship, and then justify their actions. An estimated 75% of domestic violence incidents occur as a result of one or more of the individuals involved having used drugs or alcohol.

The Effects of Addiction

As explained above, the individual’s drug addiction can easily cause havoc within the family. It may lead to a separation or divorce with their spouse or partner. It may create an unstable environment for their children. The individual is almost certain to suffer financial difficulties. The impact of drug addiction only causes damage in the individual’s life and the lives of their loved ones.

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I first met Sayeh in November of 2013 just after my 15 year old daughter had been admitted to a residential treatment program. As part of the program I was required to attend 2-3 AlAnon meetings a week. Sayeh attended the same AlAnon meetings as well as Alumni events as I. It soon became apparent to me that Sayeh had a heart for recovery, program, and God. When I was encouraged to get a sponsor I didn’t hesitate. Dependable, respectful, kind and generous of spirit, she exudes an inner peace that I hope to achieve with her loving guidance, as I work my own program. She is patient, & full of wisdom that she is always happy to share with her sponsees and fellow parents. I am so grateful our journeys brought us together.

Megan
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