The Abuse Of Drugs And Alcohol

1365 Words Nov 6th, 2016 6 Pages
The abuse of drugs and alcohol has been a known issue over past decades. The media paints the picture that alcohol and drug use is fun and the only way to have a good time. While alcohol in moderation is fine, many people find themselves going over board and abusing it. Elicit drugs like cocaine and heroin are highly addictive and have several adverse effects. People find themselves depressed and anxious so they ultimately try to use these drugs to mask the pain instead of getting help for their problems. This reoccurring cycle affects the family system as a whole unit not just the individual. It is our jobs as educators to help educate parents in order to help children who are suffering from these alcohol or drug use effects. Children are the innocent victims in this sequence because they have no way of putting a stop to this vicious cycle.
Substance abuse affects many families from all social economic statuses around the United States. Taylor of the Office of Applied Studies (2011) suggests that about six million children have a parent who abuses substances. That number is shocking and tragic, but is the reality for most children. An abundance of research has been done about the immediate repercussions of substance abuse as well as future implications of continued substance abuse. However, it is important to understand how parental substance abuse negatively affects children. It is integral to be educated as to why a parent’s substance abuse can negatively affect their…

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