Essay on The Problem Of Drug Abuse

994 Words Oct 28th, 2016 4 Pages
When a member of a family abuses drugs many issues can arise within the family. One may feel they can 't count on the addict to do what they say they will do, the addict may forget or get distracted from tasks because their focus is on getting or using drugs, the addict might lie or steal money to buy drugs, drug abuse can use up the family 's money, make parents unable to work to earn money or they could get fired from their jobs, they may resort to not coming home at night or the addict may start to do things they would never do if they weren 't abusing drugs. Each issue could cause family members to fight and have issues because of the troubles the drug abuse is causing. The drug user may even do and say things that upsets neighbors and friends, causing the family shame. Many different challenges can arise for the families of drug addicts and may vary greatly from case to case. Every person who loves someone who abuses drugs is affected by its use, not just the person using. As expressed in one article, “A growing body of literature suggests that substance abuse has distinct effects on different family structures.” (, 2004) Some people who are addicted do not believe that they have a problem and are out of control in which case they do not seek treatments. These addicts do not see the problems they are causing themselves and those around them. As one article states, “other people who are addicted are aware of the problem, but may be so upset and confused that…

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