If somebody says: That's all I can do without taking away from my family, and it works it means that she/he can deal with just "these things" and his/her family won't suffer because of it, she/he will still be close to them and it will work?
Hi Newguest:

The sentence is poorly written and hard to decipher out of context.

You probably have gotten the hang of it.
"without taking away from my family" = without harming the familial bonds

A-Emotion: stars
Thanks a lot!