Addiction is a disease that impacts families, friends, and co-workers of the person with addiction.
This quote by James Baldwin is an inspiration for our work. The FACE project is working to help people who are struggling with addiction (aka Substance Use Disorder) and their families.
Addiction is a disease that re-wires the brain to seek substances above other needs. Loss of employment, friends, family, and social standing are common.
Anyone who is connected to the person dealing with addiction can be impacted. Fear and worry, anxiety, and feelings of helplessness, depression, and anger are common.
When the person with addiction is a tween or teen, there are special considerations to address. This is already a chaotic time, with changing hormones, school stress, and peer pressure .
Children whose parents are dealing with addiction also have special considerations. Bullying, shame, lack of peer supports, and confusion are some things to look out for.