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The Impact of Substance Abuse on Children

Have you ever considered the impact of substance abuse on children? When alcohol or other drugs are abused in a family, often unconsciously, family members create and adjust their own coping strategies. And children are no exception.

Children with a substance-abusing parent are affected by the unhealthy family dynamics in various ways. They may:

  • Avoid activities with friends, especially in the family home, out of shame or fear.
  • Stay away from the family home because of the unpredictability of the addict.
  • Feel deprived of emotional and physical support.
  • Develop negative ways of dealing with their own problems and of getting attention from parents and others.
  • Feel torn between parents, feeling loyalty toward one and anger toward the other.
  • Feel a diminished sense of self-worth as a valued member of the family.
  • Experience confusion and a sense of loss of the person they once knew.
  • Develop an inability to trust others.

For months and often years, children challenged by substance abuse have been functioning in an unhealthy manner to accommodate the disease.

Visit our website to learn more about the impact of substance abuse and how our programs can help you and your family today.

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