Addiction does not only affect those with substance use disorder. Addiction affects the whole family—including loving friends—in complex and complicated ways.

Loving someone with substance use disorder can leave you confused, angry, hurt, and yet, still hopeful. Hope rests in healing your loved one and yourself from the ravages of addiction. Recovery is possible; healing the hurt is possible; moving toward a healthy, loving, family bond is possible.

Family education and support can help you:

  • Learn about the many facets of addiction as a family system disease including the biological, social, emotional, and spiritual impacts

  • Understand family roles and how they affect addiction

  • Resist enabling behaviors that prolong the impact of addiction

  • Establish boundaries that reflect your needs and wants

  • Heal from shame, hurt, and anger and build on strengths and resilience for the future