Family & Friends

Is your family member or friend suffering from an addiction? Do you want to learn more about what addiction is, or why they may be making certain decisions? It helps to understand the science behind addiction. Addiction can stress relationships to the breaking point, impact home and work life, family unity, mental health, physical health, finances, and overall relationship dynamics. Coping with addiction of a loved one can put family and friends under unusual stress. Normal routines are constantly being interrupted by unexpected or even frightening kinds of experiences that are part of living with problematic alcohol and other drug use. What is being said often doesn’t match up with what you may sense, feel beneath the surface, or see right in front of your eyes.

While it may seem that the addiction may never end. Don’t give up. There is help and support. Recovery is a reality for over 23 million Americans living in recovery from their addiction. 


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Recovery is real

People recovering from addiction, their families, and their children can and often do achieve optimum levels of health and functioning, but this achievement is best measured in years rather than days, weeks, or months. In the process of recovery, families are strengthened through increased levels of genuine intimacy and families are better able to cope with life’s challenges.


The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse–St. Louis Area (NCADA) is over 65 years old.


opioid-dependent babies are born each year.


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