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4 Ways To Tell if Addiction is Affecting Your Family

When someone is struggling with addiction to drugs or alcohol, their family is directly affected. It is normal to feel isolated or ashamed about addiction, but it is so common in divorce proceedings. It affects more people than you realize. The most important thing is to make sure that everyone is safe and has access to the help they need. If addiction is affecting your family, contact Empowered Family Law, PC today.

We’ve written in the past about what to do when addiction is affecting your marriage. However, it’s all too often the case that you may not even be aware your loved one is struggling with addiction. Here are four warning signs to watch out for:

Your Finances Aren’t Adding Up

Is your spouse spending more money – or asking for more money – than usual? Are you missing bills? Are your family’s living conditions suffering? Are you considering filing for bankruptcy? Can your spouse explain where the money they’re spending is actually going?

Your Spouse is Acting Distant

Is your spouse spending less time with your children? Are they spending less time with you? Are they asking you for more privacy than they ever have before? Are they going to the bathroom at an alarming rate? Are they avoiding eye contact? Are they avoiding physical intimacy?

Noticeable Personality Changes

Does your spouse seem angry more often than usual? Are they manipulating your emotions? Are they being cruel? Are they acting dangerously or impulsively? Do you feel safe around them? Do you feel safe having your children around them? Do they seem like an entirely different person than who you married?

Noticeable Physical Appearance Changes (Not the Good Kind)

Has your spouse’s personal hygiene significantly decreased? Have they recently lost a huge amount of weight? Are they wearing dirty clothes? Are they dressing inappropriately for any given situation? Are they having a harder time keeping the children clean and dressed appropriately?

What To Do When You Suspect

Does this sound familiar to you? Your spouse may be struggling with addiction. The American Addiction Center notes that those struggling with addiction are often defensive when asked directly about it. At Empowered Family Law, we know personally how difficult these issues can be for the entire family involved.

If you think your marriage is being affected by addiction, contact Empowered Family Law today! You don’t want to wait. We empower families to navigate difficult changes and create new beginnings. Are you ready to take the first step?

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