Addictions in families and friends

It can be a stressful and confusing experience when someone in your life is using excessive amounts of drink or drugs - especially so if that person shares your home.

Some of the physical effects of stress include loss of appetite, inability to sleep, impaired concentration, fatigue, susceptibility to minor infections, and bodily tension, especially in the neck and shoulders.

Some of the emotional effects of stress include sudden mood swings, irritability, restlessness, loss of motivation and enthusiasm, vague but pervasive feelings of guilt, depression or negativity.

The experience is confusing because very often the person taking drugs or drinking to excess is doing their best to persuade you that they are not doing any such thing. In other words, that the person with the problem is you.

The good news is that some of the confusion you may feel can be eroded by taking positive steps towards taking charge of your own life. This will also substantially reduce the amount of stress invading your relationship.

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