2. Impact of Substance Use Problems on Families


Stages of grief



You may experience emotional pain, such as despair, helplessness and sorrow.

You may say:

“This is horrible. I feel so incredibly sad about this.”

“I am so disappointed for my child. He had such potential and is throwing it away.”

“I am overwhelmed with sadness about my relationship.”

“I feel so depressed. I don’t know if I will ever be happy again.”

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