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How Addiction Affects Family Members


Substance abuse does not only affect the user. It affects his or her family members as well, sometimes in dramatic ways. Understanding how addiction affects family members can help you better understand just how important it is to seek rehabilitation. At Luminance Recovery, we are here to provide you with information and insight that can help you make the right choice for your family’s well-being.

Financial Impacts on the Family Unit

Drug and alcohol abuse can affect one’s judgment, leading to irresponsible financial decisions. Money that should be used for rent may be used to purchase drugs. An abuser may lose his or her job due to poor performance or missed work. These and similar situations can affect household income and the family as a whole.

Addiction is a Family Disease

Although only one member of the family may be using drugs or abusing alcohol, every person in the family may feel the effects. Addiction influences the way a user thinks and acts. Domestic violence and sexual abuse have both been linked to addiction.

Psychological Effects on Family Members

When an addict has children, young or old, they may be influenced by their parent’s drug or alcohol use. They and other family members may take on additional roles to try to make up for what the addict should be doing. They may feel ashamed, afraid, or angry. They may even be influenced to take drugs or to start drinking themselves.

At Luminance Recovery, we understand how addiction can affect family members. Our seaside rehab center in Orange County provides the ideal setting for detoxification and rehabilitation. Our professionals can provide necessary medical treatment and psychological care to help you or a loved one fight addiction once and for all.

If you or a loved one is in need of addiction treatment, call (714) 408-9609 for immediate help.

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