The impact of substance abuse on the american family in relation to divorce teen pregnancy child and spousal abuse and juvenile delinquency the findings that emerged from that conference and from an extensive review of the literature are presented here. When substance abuse is added to this dynamic the family roles naturally shift to adjust to the new behaviors associated with drug or alcohol use and to continue maintaining order and balance2 including the addict there have been six roles developed to understand how the family functions around the substance abuser. The impact of substance abuse on the family system can be very complex and if not addressed can have a significant impact on all members of the family throughout all stages of life and into the next generation. Getting the facts about how alcohol and drugs affect the individual and the family is very important seek help and support for yourself the disease of alcoholism and addiction is a family disease and affects everyone close to the person not only does the alcohol or drug user need help so do you even if you dont realize it at the time. This tip substance abuse treatment and family therapy addresses how substance abuse affects the entire family and how substance abuse treatment providers can use principles from family therapy to change the interactions among family members
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