Addiction is a family disease and impacts a family’s finances, physical health and psychological wellbeing.

It’s impact on the family’s finances doesn’t just concern the monies lost from poor health, loss of job or liquidating savings to place loved ones in rehabilitation centers. Another concern that is difficult to swallow is identity theft, unauthorized use of your debit card, ATM card, credit cards, checks forged, missing jewelry, coins, bonds, stocks, and other valuables. It’s important to be proactive and keep your eyes and ears open. Family members often find once they discover the deception it is too late and their resources are drained, leaving them broke. Be sure to report any theft you discover to the local authorities. Depending on the facts and circumstances, bankruptcy may be an option.

Sherry Ellis