Drug and alcohol abuse runs rampant all over the world and affects everyone in some way, whether the abuser is a friend, co-worker or your neighbour. The effects of drug and alcohol abuse on a family is sometimes the most devastating.
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A mother who uses alcohol or drugs while she is pregnant often gives birth to either physically or mentally disabled children.
When the abuser goes through withdrawal, the family has "Intoxicant emotions," or feels the same feelings at the same time the abuser does.
The abuser can become violent and direct it toward the family, sometimes resulting in a hospital stay or even the death of a family member.
When an abuser runs out of money to get high or drink, the first place they look for money is inside the household. When the family does not give the abuser what he wants, he will resort to stealing it.
If the abuser has a spouse, his partner may become tired of problems with the abuser and file for divorce. On the other hand, a couple may have marital problems if the abuser is one of their children and the couple constantly argues about him.
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