How Can Addiction Have an Impact on Siblings?

Updated: Feb 5, 2019



How Addiction Affects The Family:

Addiction is a family disease. It's not necessarily the family's fault but you can guarantee that it's affecting the whole family. If you have one kid with a substance abuse problem, it is impacting their siblings.


The sibling dynamic is unique and often very close to one another.


Here are the TOP 4 PROBLEMS that can arise when one sibling becomes addicted:

  • alliances against parents

  • violations of trust

  • resentment

  • manipulation

Be sure and watch the video to learn how/why these problems occur and what to do about them!



One of the most important things parents can do is pay close attention to how much time and energy they're giving to their child's drug and alcohol use. It's easy to let the needs of the other kids go by the wayside. This is never necessarily intentional, but the parents tend to focus on taking care of the needs of the addict to ensure that they get the help they need and overcome the addiction.  But during this time, their other child can tend to be less of a priority.


In this video, I'll let you in on the affects this may have on siblings and how to respond correctly.


Amber Hollingsworth,

Hope for Families

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