Most everyone has someone in their life that suffers from an addiction problem, whether it be a dependence on drugs, alcohol, sex, gambling, shopping or some other form of addiction. Many have a partner who suffers from one of these addictions or a family member who continually struggles with an activity or substance dependence. Relationships between substance dependent individuals and their partners and family members are typically considered not only painful, but unsupportive and destructive. But this doesn’t have to be the case.