We often overlook that an addiction also affects the friends of the abuser. It is clearly evident that the people close to them, the people concerned about their wellbeing, also experience the pain faced by the addict.
Other devastating behaviour can also be caused by addiction to both (to themselves and others).
The situation goes downhill when the friendship starts to become turbulent and eventually degrades. This review is focussed on the various people affected in the lifetime of an addict.
It is a friendly nature that the friends always wish to be able to relate to their other friends. Sadly, this simple behavioural observance leads to a more harmful situation and often ends with full-blown addiction. This is the most infectious characteristics of compulsion.
It very possible that the group of people who you call your friends will begin to change once addiction takes hold of your life. If these are friends who've come around due to a shared drug habit, it could mean trouble for you.
Getting better quality friends who may want to help you will be much more difficult when you're hanging with friends that you've gotten as a result of using drugs.