2. Impact of Substance Use Problems on Families
Grieving the losses associated with substance use
Grieving because of a relative’s substance use is difficult for many reasons.
I feel like I lost my son. It is devastating. He is not the same person as he used to be. I feel like I am mourning him even though he is standing right in front of me, but he is a different person. It’s a huge sense of loss and I have an immense sense of sadness.
—Gina, 50 years old, who has a 24-year-old son with severe substance use problems.
Remember that feeling grief and worry about the future is natural. When a relative has a substance use problem, it is normal to have concerns about what will happen in the future.