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Drug addiction can have a profound impact on the families of those struggling with addiction. Addiction can lead to strained relationships, emotional and financial stress, and even legal troubles. Family members may feel frustrated, angry, or guilty, and struggle to support their loved one while also taking care of themselves. Children may be especially vulnerable to the negative effects of a parent’s addiction, including neglect, abuse, and developmental delays. However, addiction treatment can help by providing support and resources to both the individual struggling with addiction and their family members. Treatment programs may offer family therapy, education on addiction and recovery, and support groups to help families cope with the impact of addiction.