Impacts of addiction
Addiction can affect all parts of a person's life, including their physical health, brain function, emotional well-being, finances, work life and social relationships, including with family. Each family member is uniquely affected by a person’s substance use or gambling problem. It may be helpful to think of the family as a mobile: when one part of a hanging mobile moves, it affects all parts of the mobile in different ways. Each part adjusts to maintain a balance in the system (Lander et al., 2013).
Families and friends are significantly impacted by loved ones’ substance use problems in various ways.
Some effects on the family may include: