If you are struggling with substance abuse, you may feel that your addiction is a personal issue. The selfish and shortsighted logic of someone active in their addiction often overlooks the broad reaching effects that substance abuse has on their personal relationships. The behaviors of an addict don’t exist in a vacuum and oftentimes, it’s the people who love and rely on an addict that suffer the most.
The following are 8 ways in which substance abuse affects your relationships with family and friends.
The Erosion of Trust
One of the biggest assaults to your relationships can be the loss of trust. When you are addicted to drugs and alcohol, you will do anything to conceal your substance use. This often comes at the expense of the trust that spend years building. You will often resort to elaborate tall-tales in order to explain absences at family events or for your … Read More