Support for families affected by substance abuse has not been given a strong emphasis for years. The cost of setting up a solid family support system is seen as one of the major obstacles. Families are also not viewed as ‘patients’ that need to be tested and monitored. The fact is drug addiction can cause a tremendous amount of stress on the family. Some of the effects of substance abuse include:
- Health problems such as HIV infection, physical injuries, risks taking, and premature deaths.
- Children who belong to a family with substance abuse issues are more likely to suffer from academic, behavioral, and emotional problems.
- Marital woes may worsen that could ultimately lead to divorce.
- Legal and financial problems spring up as the addicted individual loses a job, drives carelessly, or abandons financial obligations.