Addiction And Estrangement


By Fern Schumer Chapman

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Remarkably, a tense relationship with a sister or brother in adolescence may contribute to substance abuse.

Addiction can roil relationships with abuse, betrayal, and domestic violence, placing great stress on a family. Typically, parents and siblings who try to help or manage a family member’s addiction find themselves sapped of emotional energy and drained of financial resources. My survey shows as many as 10 percent of respondents suspect that a sibling is hiding an addiction.

I wonder: Does the addiction produce family problems, or do a…click here to continue reading