10 Ways to Cope with an Addict in the Family

Seek Legal Counsel

While not necessary for all families who are coping with or trying to recover from the behavior of a loved one's addiction, seeking legal counsel may relieve some anxiety, at the very least. For example, if you decide to file for bankruptcy, it's not a bad idea to also seek the advice of a lawyer (there are lawyers who specialize in bankruptcy cases).

Legal counsel may also be important for the addict to help manage the legal consequences that sometimes coincide with addiction, including everything from arrests for driving under the influence to stealing. An attorney can also help protect an addict from employment discrimination, insurance discrimination (as well as ensuring that medical and treatment records remain confidential) and illegal drug testing.