When trying to keep a family together and coexist with the family member with the substance abuse problem, the other family members will often feel many negative feelings, such as anger, frustration, sadness and depression. It is rarely just the one with the addiction that is affected. In most cases where family involved, the entire unit is affected mentally and physically, depending on how the one with the addiction handles themselves in certain states.
As the problem continues, a rift between the troubled person and the rest of their family can develop. There are many families who will remain with the individual hoping that the person will seek help one way or the other, while other families or individuals will not because they can’t stand to see the person go through the destructive cycle over and over again. There are, of course, other instances that differ from the two expressed above as every situation is unique because there are so many variables involved. Each individual who develops an addiction will often differ in their behavior from others suffering with similar problems.
Regardless of the situation, when a person does fail in their ability to deal with their addiction, the rest of the family can be greatly affected. Some will be more affect than they thought they would have. When a family member learns that one they had loved has passed away, it can feel like an empty void has entered their life. They can feel lost and stunned at first, but as the truth settles in and they accept that the unthinkable has happened, even if they partly expected it, they can go through intense, and sometimes uncontrollable, grief. In a situation like this, speaking with someone can be of great help.
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