When one member of a family experiences an addiction, it is common that all members of the family will be affected. The sometimes devastating effects can cause weak attachment bonds between parent and child due to emotional distance from the parent, financial difficulties for the family in some cases, as well as a parent being imprisoned as a result of drug and alcohol abuse. According to a 2012 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration report, it is estimated that over 7 million children in the United States live with a parent who has problems with alcohol. These children and their families are at risk for mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, low-self-esteem and substance use issues. Studies have shown that a parent who has become addicted to alcohol or drugs is statistically more likely to abuse or neglect their partner or children. In addition, some children of adults who are addicted may also have difficulties in school due to anxiety and other stressors.
How Substance Abuse Affects the Family
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