Effects of Addiction on Social and Family Relationships
The extent to which addiction affects relationships depends on the addict’s behavior, the severity of the condition, and the presence of co-occurring conditions like psychiatric or medical problems. It is also dependent on the coping mechanisms of family members affected.
Drug addiction may cause anger, fear, anxiety, worry, and mistrust among family members. When family members are unable to assist their loved ones in overcoming addiction, they often get frustrated. The addict’s family members are often disturbed and fearful about the effect of overdosage. Some of the impacts of addiction on families include financial challenges, neglect, abuse, and high divorce rates or separation.