The Effects Of Drug Addiction On Children

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Introduction
When an individual is struggling with drug addiction problems, the family is affected physically, mentally, and emotionally. The disease not only changes the addict’s whole life, but it changes the lives of their family members as parents get torn apart from themselves and each other. The role of each family member begins to shape around what is in the best interest of the addict. This research paper is an overview of the effects that raising a drug addicted child has on parent’s ability to be competent parental figures. Drug addiction is a problem that is becoming much too common within families. As addiction rates have increased dramatically and drug related deaths are permeating news sources (http://www.drugabuse.gov). Due to the increase in drug related deaths, there are an increased number of families that are being affected by this disease. The news can be very detrimental to parents when they hear their child has been hiding a terrible secret. Drug addiction does not discriminate and can occur in any family to any member no matter their gender, race, or any other factors. Many parents are convinced it could never happen to their child, but they are wrong. “According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 's (SAMHSA 's) National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 23.5 million persons aged 12 or older needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol abuse problem in 2009” (http://www.drugabuse.gov/). These statistics prove
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