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The dire effects of drug abuse on children!

Parents who are addicted to drugs

Kids with parents who are drug addicts, especially those under the age of 12, can experience neglect, witness and experience traumatic events and come to feel unloved and neglected.  In kids that young these effects become lasting and ingrained into their sense of self which can severely affect their development physically and emotionally.

4 devastating and lasting effects parents with drug addictions have on their kids:

It is estimated that approximately 1 in every 5 children in the USA lives with a parent who has some form of substance abuse addiction.  Making these kids much more likely than those with normal lives susceptible to the following outcomes:

#1           Higher risk of addiction

The statistic for children living with a parent or parents who abuse substances is almost four times more likely to be more vulnerable to the substance than any other person.  Therefore drawing the dire conclusion that the child will most likely end up abusing the substance themselves.  Especially children whose mothers took drugs whilst pregnant with them.

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#2           Educational standards are a lot lower than average

Kids with a mother who took drugs whilst pregnant stand a higher chance of having memory, learning deficits as well as disorders such as hyperactivity and various other learning disorders.

#3           Greater risk of mental health issues and disorder

A study showed that fathers who abused drugs were more likely to have kids with severe mental health disorders especially those who suffered dire abuse at the hands of that parent.  Kids with a mother who abuses substances are also at a higher risk of mental health disorders such as ODD, ADHD, depression, stress-related disorders and anxiety

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#4           Erratic behavioral and emotional problems

Kids with a parent or parents with substance abuse issues tend to have more behavioral disorders and can become very defensive, abusive and can act out rather badly when away from home.  Or they can go the other way and become withdrawn some to such an extent they try to escape reality by creating worlds of their own and can become quite adept at lying and covering up their family situation.


If you suspect a child is being abused on any level it is always best to contact theChild Welfare Services.  Although no one likes a busybody who sticks their nose in other people’s business, but the fact of the matter is when it comes down to protecting the life of an innocent child that is caught up in the middle of something they neither understand, asked for and is no way their fault it is better to be that busybody than landing up on the grimmer side of that coin.