People struggling with drug addiction or alcoholism may lose contact with friends and family members altogether. The loved ones of an addicted person may blame themselves and cause their self-esteem to erode. Trust is generally broken when a person in a relationship uses substances excessively. Drug addiction has countless effects on the family.
Strained relationships, financial difficulties, and increased risk of abuse are just the beginning. Because each family has a different dynamic, not all families feel the same effects to the same extent. In any case, it's impossible to deny that addiction affects the entire family.