2. Impact of Substance Use Problems on Families

Stages of grief

Shock and disbelief


Shock and disbelief

The start of symptoms of substance use problems can be a shocking experience for you. The sudden changes may be difficult to understand.

You may say:

"I can’t have married someone and not known she had a problem with alcohol."

"I cannot believe this is happening."

"My child must be going through a phase."