How Addiction Impacts The Family

Addiction isn’t a solitary illness. This means that even though only one member of the family may have an addiction, each other member is affected by it. In this infographic by Change to Change, we are shown the roles that family members take on during addiction. Aside from the person who is struggling with the addiction, you will also frequently see The Caretaker, The Hero, The Lost Child, The Mascot and The Scapegoat. Each member of the family falls into one or more of these roles, so their life individually, and the life of the family, is dramatically altered.

Do you align yourself with any of these roles? Perhaps you can see members of your own family or friendship group who have taken on these attributes? Because addiction impacts the whole family, it is useful for the unit to seek professional help in these circumstances. When we insist a loved one struggling with addiction seeks out help, we can also support them and our entire family by joining them on the journey to recovery.


Do you struggle with addiction? Do you want to build a healthier and more stable family environment as a loved one works toward recovery? Then here’s what you need to do: contact WatersedgeCounselling on 0434 331 243 for a FREE 10-minute phone consultation on how we can best help you, or press book now to book on the online diary.


  1. Proud tribe says:

    Codependent is a made up word from the 80’s. It has started the mindset of those nearest to an addict, need to numb out and not have their addict affect their own world. In a nut shell there is no unit, group or nucleus. In other words, the word family has been push out to the new word, the new order of don’t be “codependent “. Weird, because the founder who helped develop and coined the phrase “codependent” actually traveled the globe noticing all the cultures from all over the world including the United States raising their families with this “codependent” behavior. This word “codependent” is a very broad brush. Dividing hurting families even further than what the addiction itself has caused. Be a family. Stick with your tribe. Kick the idea of this numbed out idea away from you.


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