Drug Addiction : Tearing Families Apart

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Jaclyn O’Grady
College English 12 (8)
June 3, 2015

Drug Addiction: Tearing Families Apart The substance abuse of a parent has a lasting and apparent effect on all young children. There are a number of substances that can become a problem in people’s lives, including but not limited to; marijuana, alcohol, stimulants, depressants, narcotics, hallucinogens and inhalants. Drugs critically affect the individual taking them, but also affect the members of the household, especially children. Not only does the person’s addiction emotionally, mentally, and physically affect the individual lives of other members of the family, but it tears apart relationships between the families. Arguments, disagreements, violence, and stress can derive from the abuse of drugs because of the tension it puts on one’s other members of the family.
It is possible for alcohol and drugs to be utilized medically or accepted in social situations. The use of drugs and alcohol is not necessarily considered addiction or abuse. Experimentation is trying alcohol or drugs out of curiosity or peer pressure. If you use drugs in this manner, experimentation may not become problematic for an individual. Social and recreational use of a drug happens mostly with alcohol and marijuana. Use is widely accepted, except for marijuana, which is illegal. Many people can manage drinking solely at social occasions which does not constitute substance abuse or addiction. Drinking or using drugs as a stress relief
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