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Addiction is a misunderstood tragedy, too often hushed up. Too often hidden away due to shame, guilt, or fear of blame. Too often, addiction is a battle faced while all alone and afraid—both by those consumed by the disease and by the people who love them.
Addiction is called a family disease because no one is spared the impact. Everyone suffers the pain. Some of us wear the wounds on the outside, and many carry them deep beneath the surface. The toll addiction takes on the loved ones supporting the person who struggles, the children who grow up in the dysfunctionality of a relapsing brain disease, and those who are left behind by the ever-climbing death toll ensures they are never the same.
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