Addiction as a family disease
Addictions are stressful and difficult for families and relationships of the addict. While friends and family of a loved one dealing with addiction may be frustrated that the addict can’t just stop using drugs, they may be unknowingly contributing to their loved one’s problem, creating a vicious cycle. The loved one may also turn to behaviors such as lying and stealing from those around them to support their addiction, affecting their relationships with friends and family. The stress and anxiety of dealing with a loved one’s addiction can also take its toll in the form of mental and physical health problems among members of the family trying to support the addict in the process of recovery.
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