Why is this so hard to talk about?
Unlike families with loved ones who suffer from other medical conditions, such as diabetes or cancer, if your loved one has a substance-related problem, you're unlikely to seek support from your community. You may feel embarrassed by the illness or even blame yourself for its onset. Because of the stigma attached to addiction, you might not even confide in your extended family or closest friends. But you shouldn't feel ashamed. You are not alone.

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1. Why is my loved one acting this way?
2. Why does it matter if I view addiction as a disease?
3. Why is this so hard to talk about?
4. How do I know if this is actually addiction?
5. Where can I seek help for my loved ones?