Those who are in the throes of substance abuse and addiction often believe that their issues are only affecting themselves. However, research has found that drug and alcohol dependency not only affects the addict, it also affects everyone in their lives. If the addict is a parent, the people who are often damaged the most are the children.
It’s no secret that parents play a vital role in the lives of their children. They are role models, confidants, teachers, and their security blanket, so to speak. However, when a parent is abusing and addicted to drugs or alcohol, their children are affected in a myriad of ways. They watch their mom or dad make poor, unhealthy, dangerous, and destructive decisions. They can be the whipping post for unstable emotions. Their basic needs are often unattended to. In other words, when a parent is afflicted with substance abuse and addiction, they aren’t only harming themselves; they are also harming their children; and in many cases, the damage can be irreparable.
If you are a parent who is abusing and dependent on drugs or alcohol, getting help is crucial; if not for yourself, for your children. Here’s a look at some of the ways that your addiction negatively effects your kids.