Families play a large role in supporting us through tough times, but what I find most often, is that family members can also sometimes be the hardest to handle when it comes to addiction. More often than not, there is so much love, that family members tend to become exasperated, and at times even aggressive or confrontational in the manner by which they try to convince their family member to stop their addiction. I think it's important to talk and communicate about what is happening and how families can help, or hinder those who are trying to recover. Sometimes all the dependent needs, is to know that when things become rough, that their family will be there. Note however, this is different to having an addicted person take advantage of a family. Theft, abuse and violence often accompanies severe addiction, and not trying to seek help in relation to that situation can often worsen the eventual - and almost inevitable - family showdown. Early and open communication is the best course of action when it comes to family support in my experience!! Does anyone else have some thoughts or situations relating to families and overcoming addiction??