The role of family influence upon the development of individual substance abuse and addiction is one that cannot be underestimated. Parents, siblings and extended family all hold a great amount of influence upon a developing child's behavior and worldview, including opinions about drinking, smoking and recreational drug use. Additionally, family substance abuse impacts divorce rates, occurrences of domestic violence and juvenile delinquency.
Sadly, parents who abuse drugs or alcohol place their children at a disproportionately higher risk for experiencing:
Parents who struggle with addiction issues have been found to be three times more likely to actively abuse their children and four times more likely to neglect their child's needs, health and emotional well-being.
Parental substance abuse is not an uncommon problem. It's estimated that:
Children of parents who discourage substance abuse have a quarter of the risk of developing such issues when compared to their peers who are exposed to bad behavior in the home.
Even if an adult in the home abuses drugs or alcohol, other family members can help to mitigate the damage of exposure to this behavior by:
There are no easy answers to addiction and chemical dependency, but familial background can be a good indicator of a person's risk for experiencing these issues. Asking for help, finding support services and utilizing educational resources can help families to overcome the generational scars that drug and alcohol abuse can inflict. For more information about how families can prevent substance abuse through addiction treatment, contact Freedom From Addiction. We can help.
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