Substance abuse is a prevalent concern in this country, and it has brought with it different problems and different issues that have all steadily worsened year in and year out to make for bigger problems of the very worst kind. For example, because there are now about twenty-four million Americans who are addicted to drugs and alcohol, this had also created a major spike in the numbers of parents who are addicted to drugs and alcohol. With twenty-five million addicted, and with the vast majority of those addicted being between the ages of eighteen and thirty-five, it is safe to say that a hefty percentage of this nation’s addicted residents are the parents of young children, children, adolescents, or teens.
The children of addicts often have it the worst of them all. For a brief glimpse at some of the statistics on this problem:
- Young adults, teens, and even children are becoming addicted to drugs and alcohol more and more. On the subject of young adults abusing alcohol or some kind of drugs, the point of young adults abusing alcohol or some kind of drugs because of their upbringing cannot be stressed enough.
- To prove this point and to really drive it home, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that children of families with at least one alcohol addicted parent are no less than a full four times as likely to develop problems with alcohol than children of sober, non-drinking parents are.
- Alcohol abuse amongst parents of young children is becoming far more common than it used to ever be before. In fact, according to a recent study done in one of the more recent 2012 surveys done by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) more than ten percent of U.S. children live with a parent who has an alcohol addiction or abuse problem, making the upbringing for such individuals a rough one to say the least.
Addressing the Problem
The best way by far to empower kids who have alcoholics or drug addicts for parents is to help them get their parents into a drug and alcohol addiction rehabilitation center and program. More specifically, the single best way to address drug and alcohol addiction is with an inpatient, residential, drug and alcohol addiction and dependence treatment center, detox facility, rehabilitation program, and recovery organization. These centers and these programs are responsible for being able to essentially help people find and maintain success and recovery on a more permanent and lasting basis.
The way to go about this is to support the children and the teens of addicted parents and to call upon the help of other, sober family members and loved ones. These are the approaches that work and that work well. With these approaches and all that goes into them, a helping hand is delivered to struggling addicts once and for all and for good.
Addiction is a harsh thing to grow up around, and no child should have to experience this. With the intervening help of other family members and loved ones, children of addicts can be empowered and the parents themselves can have their addictions really looked at and addressed once and for all.
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