Drug or substance abuse is not just a problem for the user but for family members and loved ones as well. It is both physically and emotionally draining because as you see your loved one struggle with his/her addiction you also feel his/her hardship. Aside from showing support and love for the addicted loved one, you also have to fight feelings of helplessness yourself. It's not really easy to be on the other end of the rope because as you see your family member waste him/herself into addiction, your emotions also take a hold on you. Loved ones and family members of addicted individuals also need support and encouragement for them to be able to help their addicted member. I personally admire the patience and courage of these people in guiding their member back to the right path. We should all give them our gratitude for being so strong to face all the challenges they also have to go through.