A significant impact on loved ones
Addiction can have very real consequences on the person who uses, but it can also have consequences on the people around him/her. Indeed, a loved one may feel great pain when seeing the person they love:
- withdraw into himself/herself,
- have financial problems,
- neglect his/her family or even his/her parental responsibility,
- behave aggressively while under the influence of a substance, or while in withdrawal from that substance,
- try to hide his/her drinking or gambling behaviours,
- engage in risky behaviours (e.g., driving while impaired),
- develop health problems, both physical and/or mental.
The more time passes, the more significant these repercussions can be, to the point of sometimes destroying the relationship between the addicted person and those around him/her, whether it is the family unit, a friendship, or any other relationship.