Insight for the Journey: The Family Hurt by Addiction

Insight for the Journey: The Family Hurt by Addiction

Someone else’s substance use disorder does not exist in isolation. Their addiction affects friends, family, and the community. Here is a list I use to help people think through the effects and consequences of another person’s addiction. 

How has the addiction affected you and your relationship? Consider the following list and mark the ones that apply to you. 

  • Arguments
  • Separation
  • Divorce
  • Bankruptcy
  • Poverty
  • Financial Problems
  • Wasted Money
  • Evicted from home
  • Loss of custody of children
  • Raising a child with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS)
  • Physical instability
  • Emotional instability
  • Inconsistency of home life
  • Missed payments on bills
  • Been lied to
  • Cheated
  • Living under threat
  • Having to give rides
  • Police called to your home
  • Your home was raided
  • Court dates
  • Visited person in Jail or prison
  • Visited person in Treatment Center
  • Visited person in Hospital
  • Driving a car with Restricted Use (Whiskey) Plates
  • Living in an unsafe environment
  • Living in an unsafe dwelling
  • Loss of a child through miscarriage
  • Homelessness
  • Legal Fees
  • Wasted or loss of time
  • Anxiety and Worry
  • Living with constant dread
  • Physical fights
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Child neglect or abuse
  • Sexual trauma
  • Car accidents
  • Injuries
  • Medical problems
  • Medical bills
  • Overdose death of a loved one
  • Suicide death of a loved one
  • Increased car insurance rates
  • Loss of job
  • Loss of career
  • Missed days at work
  • Dropped out of school
  • STD’s
  • Sexual problems
  • Loss or change of purpose
  • My own addiction got worse
  • Depression
  • Suicidal Ideation or attempt
  • Broken trust
  • Truancy
  • Humiliation
  • Ridicule from others
  • Guilt
  • Codependency
  • Tears/Sadness
  • Mental Anguish/apprehension
  • Impaired judgement
  • Feeling needy and neglected
  • Having to be the sole caregiver of children
  • Growing Resentments
  • Loneliness
  • Fear
  • Apathy
  • Disappointment
  • Sleep problems
  • Chronic pain
  • Headaches
  • Gastrointestinal trouble
  • Food Addiction and Compulsive Overeating 

Get the Help You Need 

Getting someone to stop using drugs and alcohol will not erase the problems from the past. To protect yourself from future harm, set strong boundaries and firm limits. You must manage your emotions, take care of yourself, and get the help you need. 

Recovery is a Journey. Enjoy the Ride!

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