As a pastor for over 40 years, including eight years as a part-time chaplain in a drug and alcohol facility, I have witnessed the devastating impact addiction and substance abuse has on families and communities. Addiction affects every aspect of an individual’s life, but it’s hardly a solitary experience. Spouses, children, parents and all loved ones who witness addiction endure its short-term and long-term consequences. Addiction isn’t an obscure, far away disease. It can happen even in the most successful and peaceful families.