Although addiction thrives in secrecy and isolation, families do not. It can be difficult to learn how to communicate again and how to trust after a partner, sibling, or parent has started to work through an addiction. There can be confusion, mistrust, and resentment that has built up over time. You might not feel like you can recognize your family member all the time, but you know the person you really know is in there somewhere. It just feels like walking through a maze to find them.