Too Many American Kids Have Addicted Parents

One kid is too many, but an astounding 12 percent of American kids (8.3 million) live with at least one parent who is addicted. Researchers working with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) found that approximately 7.3 million children lived with a parent who was dependent on or abused alcohol, and 2.1 million children lived with a parent who was dependent on or abused illicit drugs.

Their report, Findings for Children Living with Substance-Dependent or Substance-Abusing Parents, looked into the lives of children ages 12-18 between 2002 to 2007.

Speaking about the impact of this fact on young lives, Eric Broderick who is the acting director of SAMSHA put it this way,“The chronic emotional stress in such an environment can damage their social and emotional development and permanently impede healthy brain development, often resulting in mental and physical health problems across the lifespan. This underlines the importance of preventive interventions at the earliest possible age.”

If you have someone in your life who struggling with substance abuse, please take action. If they have a family, realize that you’re not only helping the person with a potential addiction, you’re helping the lives and futures of their children for the better. If you need more information, visit Get Help or call our Toll-Free Helpline at 1-855-DRUGFREE (1-855-378-4373).

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    February 22, 2016 at 5:06 PM

    I am one of those parents that is addicted. I have let my children down in so many ways and the guilt keeps burying me further.

    I suppose I’m better. I was an alcoholic and haven’t had a drink in almost two years but it’s always,been the pain pills that take me down. I stop taking them, mainly for my kids and because I can’t get them anymore.

    See I was straight and we were all doing so well. Then in the middle of the night, I have a massive stroke. The doctors can’t figure out why I’ve had it. I’m much too young and in great shape, eating right, teaching my spinning and kickboxing classes and boom I can talk.

    Back onto the pain pills I go. Then I start drinking and fall down my stairs and have to have two brain surgeries. And now I’m on pain pills once again.

    But now I’ve quit it all but I fell like I’m in this perpetual withdrawal state. And I now have rheumatoid arthritis. But I want to be clean and control my pain with diet and supplements.

    I need to get into a suboxone program. Yes it helps my pain but I need this to be clean forever. I’ve discovered there’s no help for parents who want to be clean for their children.

    My daughter and son deserve this. I probably don’t, but I’m worthless with this nagging withdrawal hanging around my neck. I’ve tried everywhere to get the funds for just the doctor. My insurance pays for the entire prescription and the doctor is only 400.00 but I am waiting for my disability to be approved so I’m living on $194.00 per month.

    What I’m trying to say is that if you help The Parents, you will be helping the children.

    My children, believe it or not, are doing wonderfully. I had many problems (from a horrible childhood) but oh, I loved those two with all my heart. They never went without anything except my full attention when they needed it and I cry that I missed a hug here and there. Because if there’s a parent out there reading this, wake up! Don’t miss any hugs because you will be begging for them so soon.

    Living on guilt? That’s how I describe myself so parents if you’re addicted, there’s suboxone out there now and the way it works is rather amazing. Be dedicated to stick it out for yourself and every little one that looks up at you wondering why you’re a million miles away with a dead look in your eyes.

    Me- now I’m just trying for redemption in so many ways. Good luck. You can so do,this!

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