Families of Drug Addicts

Families of drug addicts are affected just as much as the addicts themselves.  Their lives are changed.  They are affected financially, emotionally, and sometimes physically.  Drugs are selfish bullies that want to be the center of everything in a person’s life and the center of their families lives as well.

families drug addict 250x300 Families of Drug AddictsHow does the co-worker down the hall deal with the whispers?  Everyone wonders and some suspect she may be a drug addict because it is the middle of July and she is wearing long sleeves.  Ironically, she is not the drug addict, but the wife who was grabbed so hard and bruised in a moment of rampage when she refused to give her husband her paycheck because someone had to cover the bills.  He is the drug addict, she is the family member being physically and financially abused.

Who does the preteen go to when her teacher admonishes her for not having her homework done?  How does she explain that she accidentally left her backpack in the car and her dad took off in it to get drunk and it was towed away when he was picked up for drunk driving?  She does not want to admit in front of her friends what happened.  She suffers in silence.

Families of drug addicts feel isolated and alone.  They are scared, worried, confused, angry, frustrated, and sometimes feel hopeless.  There are support groups for family members as well as for drug addicts themselves because when drugs take over, they take over everything and everyone, whether they were invited into the home by that person or not.

Families of drug addicts often feel they do not have anywhere to turn.  They feel embarrassed, alone and confused.  It is just as important that they get help and support as it is for the drug addict.  The support groups that are available can help a person because others in the group have been in the same situation.  While a friend at school may not understand what the big deal is, or a co-worker tends to brush it off or place some responsibility on the family member for staying, a support group is made up of people who have walked in their shoes.

The confusion and isolation felt by family members, the anger and betrayal, all of that is dealt with in a direct and positive way and helps family members to deal with their own feelings as the family goes through a recovery process of sorts themselves.  Families of drug addicts are affected and there are groups out there to help win a victory for them as well.

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Article by Nick Hayes

Nick Hayes is a graduate of the Narconon drug rehab program in 2005. Nick takes much enjoyment in writing, and feels there needs to be more information about drugs and alcohol provided to the people of the world. He believes nobody should have to go through an addiction.
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9 Comments

  1. Jennifershumaker40 says:

    i am a drug addict and i really dont understand how i have effected my family can anyone help me with that

  2. detox center says:

    I’ll try to explain it: it depends on how close the family members are. If the family members are emotionally connected, then they might become co addicted. It doesn’t mean that it happened in your case.

  3. Just fed up! says:

    You steal from them!u00a0 You abuse them!u00a0 You take everything they ever worked for and leave them with nothing!u00a0 You yell at them!u00a0 Destroy their things!u00a0 Scare away what friends they did have!u00a0 Yell at them because they no longer have trust because of YOUR stupid SELFISH actions!u00a0 But YOU go searching for a pity party but there is NO ONE to help your abused children or spouse!u00a0 Your just a selfish bully!u00a0 I wish I NEVER met my drug addict husband!u00a0 Life is HELL!u00a0 I can’t afford a divorce and the system will divide what we have left (that I earned)u00a0 He should get NOTHING!u00a0 He has RUINED the lives of my children and I.u00a0 I will NEVER get their childhood back.u00a0 I may as well be dead because of him yet he is the one who gets counceling and goes to a group to bitch about his family… We have no saved $$$ and no way out.u00a0 I wish he would just die.u00a0 I’m so glad my hard earned $ went to pay for HIS problems and support our neighborhood drug dealers..(sarcasim intended) Drug Dealers should just be put to DEATH!u00a0 They are a HUGE burden to society!u00a0 I HATE your ALL!u00a0 Now go cry me a river you SELFISH BITCH!u00a0 My kids had kids had to get abuseded and now have NO $ for collge.u00a0 They have a reason to feel sorry for themselves yet they HATE drugs and get straight A’s, play sports and keep up with there daily chores.u00a0 They never complaind and keep going.u00a0 There is no one to help them finacially yet your will probably get poor babied at some drug rehab and get your selfish hand through it all and expect your family to kiss your poor baby ass or you might relapse again.u00a0 You all make me sick!n

  4. RockyChase says:

    I am the child of 2 drug/alcohol addicts! My mother was using when she was preganant with me and as a result i have a deformed optical muscle and am slowly losing the sight in my left eye. They used all my life until i was 20 years old. My father went to an out patient centre and stopped using rocks but turned to alcohol. My mother never did and still to this day uses. My younger brother has confessed to using herione, and i am sure my youngest brother is using he just hasnt confirmed it yet. Both brothers drink more than they should. My younger brother has lost all rights to see his son, it is very sad. I last saw my mother 9 years ago, her boyfiriend tried to rape me and when i told her she said i would wish to be molested by him. I am angry at my brothers, neither finished school and both are out of jobs. I am working now for 17 months at a company that is paying for me to further my studies. I finished matirc with an exemption, i did a short bookkeeping course and am busy with my NQF 3 bookkeeping course, going all the way through to NQF6. I have a 20 month old daughter who was born on Christmas day 2009. My wedding day was ruined by my brother and father who got drunk, got into a fight and caused a scene, i didnt even mean enough to them to behave themselves on my wedding day. nShould i feel so angry with them for feeling that they are entitled becaus ethey had a crappy childhood? I had exactly the same but i didnt turn to drugs and alcohol? Will they ever come right? I am cutting ties with them, i have my own family to care for and honestly both brothers have taken advantage of us on more than one occasion. From staying with usu00a0and not helping to pay for expenses even though my husband was the only on eworking and i had a new born. To stealing from us when we had nothing.nI just want someone to tell me it is okay to turn my back on them, becaise my daughter and husband deserve my full attention…u00a0

  5. Dreamers14 says:

    I think that you are very angry and need to get councelling. I think that attack is not the right way to deal with this. Everyone has been wronged in their lives, it’s how you deal with it that defines who you are.

  6. MISERABLE IN LEE COUNTY says:

    I COMPLETLY UNDERSTAND YOU I AM ASHAMED TO SAY I HAVE BEEN LIVING WITH MY DRUG ADDICT HUSBAND FOR 14 YEARS AND HE HAS RUINED MY KIDS LIFE. I DONT HAVE MUCH LEFT THE LAW DOESNT PROTECT US UNLESS HE HITS US. HE STEALS EVERYTHING OF VALUE INCLUDING KIDS PIGGY BANKS, ELECTRONICS, JEWELRY. I AM ASHAMED TO TELL MY FAMILY I KEEP ASKING HIM TO LEAVE BUT HE WONT MY TWO YOUNGEST KIDS ARE 10 N 13 AND HAVE ALSO MISSED SOME OF THEIR CHILDHOOD YET THE ARE STRAIGHT A STUDENTS. THE KIDS AND I GO TO CHRCH AND TRY TO STAY POSITIVE BUT ITS NOT EASY. I HAVE SO MUCH ANGER TOWARDS DRUG DEALERS AND THEY ARE NOT UR TYPICAL THUGS NOW THEY OLDER AND EVEN WOMEN I NEED TO FIND A WAY TO GET OUT BUT ITS SO HARD WHEN U ARE LIVING PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK.nTODAY MY GRANDFATHER DIED AND MY SO CALLED HUSBAND STILL WAS ONLY FOCUSED ON HIS DRUGS. HE BRINGS CRACK AND GOD KNOWS WHAT ELSE INTO OUR HOME AND THERE IS NOTHING I CAN DO ABOUT IT POLICE TOLD ME IF I CALL AND SAY HE HAS DRUGS IN HERE I AM ALSO AT THE PROPERTY AND I WILL GO TO JAIL AND KIDS WILL GET TAKEN AWAY WHICH SO UNFAIR I DONT EVEN SMOKE. MAY GOD HELP US ALL AND FIND A WAY FOR PEACE!!

  7. Maryphillips330 says:

    I agree with Nick Hayes that addiciton not only affects the addicted but their family members as well. One website I found helpful is: http://www.onlineceucredit.com/ceus-youtube/addiction-intervention-mm12-13.html.

  8. Cuemasters2 says:

    does anybody know about the stout street foundation, serenity 28 day program in commerce city colorado. i

  9. missterie says:

    Well, not sure this person will see this. But here goes.
    You have stolen from your family. You have stolen:
    Money
    Things they owned
    Their sleep
    Their attention to their own lives, work, school, other family members, other relationships
    Years from their lives
    A normal social life

    You have made them pay a terrible price for loving you, what have you done to earn this love? Nothing, but serve your drug, that is your lord and master. You are so into your drug, yourself, and your little pity train, you don’t even see the damage you are doing to others. You probably even have a little story in your head where you are the victim and they somehow deserve it. Maybe you even blame them.

    I don’t care about you. I think you are worthless, self centered and if you died, you’d be doing them a favor.
    But THEY don’t see it this way. They want you to get better, to come back, to be the son, daughter, husband, wife, father, mother, brother, sister you were meant to be.

    And though your self centered haze you are thinking:
    I must be pretty special…. they are special, you might be, who knows, but right now, there isn’t anything special about a junkie.

    I should just kill myself….. self pity, its part of how you got where you are, I am okay with your death, but I’m just writing on the net, who am I. Your family has a different opinion.

    I need another hit, because I don’t want to think about it. Yes, your master is calling. It keeps you from having to face what you’ve done, though, the only problem is you are doing more bad, to avoid facing the bad you’ve done. Your crap level is growing.

    Good luck wit all dat.

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