The Effects of Addiction on Families – Why it Tears them apart


The effects of addiction on families can be really tough. In many cases, a loved one’s addiction can cause an

irreparable tear down the middle of even the happiest families. So, how do you prevent this from happening, and more to the point, how do you keep these negative effects from hitting your family?

Why the effects of addiction on families are so serious

In families, we like to believe that we have a level of input in our loved one’s lives. We want to think that our children, parents and siblings will at least hear our thoughts and consider the things we say before they do something rash or risky. When it comes to using or drinking and developing an addiction, it can often feel like those who we have advised and counseled forever are simply spitting in our faces.

This alone can be a significant disappointment to family members. There is sadness, anger and mistrust there, too. Now, consider the fact that this is just how the family feels about the person with the addiction.

Families often have differing opinions as to how the person battling the addiction should be dealt with, too. So when you or your partner, or even you and your kids argue over what should be done with the addict in the family, it can cause serious hurt feelings and misunderstandings.

Heading off the worst of the troubles

The thing is, if you were a close family before your loved one became addicted, you can take the rest of your unit and be close again. It’s a matter of working on communication, and making sure that you learn how to compromise. It also has to do with respecting the opinions and feelings of your family. Often, we feel like our way of dealing is the only way, but it’s not. Listening and respecting everyone in the family can help every member to feel heard and united.

The effects of addiction on families can be really severe. They do have the potential to cause divorces, financial issues and heartaches that cannot be repaired, but when you recognize what is happening and work to find ways to ensure that each member of the family feels heard, respected and safe with however they feel, you can make sure that you and the rest of your family can stay strong and connected – no matter what your addicted family member chooses to do.