Why would a family member steal from you?

Why would a family member steal from you?

Restoring emotional harm Consider what motivated a member of your family to steal. People steal for a variety of reasons. Some people steal because they feel unfairly deprived, while others steal to maintain a drug habit or to pay off debt. Still other people steal for more noble causes, such as when someone steals to give to charity or protect animals. Understanding why your family member stole can help you decide how to prevent further thefts and restore any lost trust.

Physical harm Stealing to meet physical needs Sometimes families don't have the money to buy the things their members need. If this is the case for you, then it may be necessary to steal to meet basic needs. For example, if your family member has a cold and no one else will buy them medicine, then they might steal from you to get it. This shows that they are willing to do anything to meet their need for medicine.

Emotional harm Stealing to meet emotional needs Sometimes families don't have the time or energy to spend with each other. If this is the case for you, then it may be necessary to steal to meet these needs. For example, if your family member feels unloved or unappreciated, they might steal money from you to go out with friends or buy themselves something nice. This shows that they are trying to make you feel better by getting something for themselves.

Can a drug user steal from a family member?

Given that anger and labile emotions are typical in drug users, emotional abuse is likely more the rule than the exception. To fund their drug addiction, drug addicts may opt to steal, and family members are frequently the easiest target for stealing. I've witnessed some users take family treasures and sell them for drugs. Others may use your information to access your bank account and pull out cash to buy drugs with. Yet others may simply spend your money on themselves.

Stolen goods are often used to fund further addiction. Drug addicts who have stolen from their families report that it feels good to get even with them by using their own resources to obtain more drugs. The addiction then becomes an endless cycle of theft followed by more addiction until the person does something with their lives or dies together with their belongings. This is emotional abuse through and through!

Can a family member be an abuser if one section of the family suffers emotional abuse? Yes. Just as with physical or sexual abuse, everyone in the family relationship is at risk. Even if you don't see or feel your family member's actions as abusive, they are still causing you emotional harm and should not be tolerated.

If you're the victim of emotional abuse, try not to focus on what someone else thinks of you. It's easy to let others' opinions of you affect your mood, but keeping your head high no matter what anyone says or does isn't selfish; it's self-preservation.

Why is my family member stealing from me?

If you suspect addiction, assist them in seeking treatment. One of the most prevalent reasons people turn to stealing is addiction. If your family member was always honest and trustworthy in the past, an addiction may be causing them to act out of character today. Help them find rehabilitation so they can get back on track.

Addiction can strike anyone at any point in life. It does not have to be a person you know who suffers from it. Even if you think it's not possible for someone you care about could be addicted, help them seek treatment before things get worse.

Stealing can be an indicator that there is something wrong with your family member. If you notice any of these signs in yourself or someone you know, contact your doctor immediately: frequent absences from work or school, changes in habitus (body shape) due to neglecting health needs, use of drugs or alcohol as an escape from problems, feelings of guilt or remorse after acting inappropriately, needing more and more money to satisfy desires, etc.

Taking money away from your family member will not make him or her stop stealing. In fact, it will only cause them serious harm. Assistance should be offered instead. If your loved one refuses treatment, it may be time to put your own needs first and cut them off entirely.

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