How Does Substance Addiction Affect The Family

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Ireland, like many other countries have seen an increase in the use of drugs over the last two decades, (O’Dwyer) this essay will outline how substance addiction affects children within the family. A definition of substance misuse is excessive consumption of a substance, while substance abuse or dependence involve serious problems with substances. (Price, Price, McKenry) Although these terms are different in context, each can impact children in the family greatly.

This essay covers the definition of a family, how addiction can change the role of the family, the impact of substance abuse in pregnancy, the lack of bonding between parents and children and the consequences of this. I will look at the parentification of children due to a lack of
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