This is number 1 in a 4 part article series on kids and drugs. Drug addiction is a serious affliction and the sooner it can be recognized and treated, the better chance the individual will have of living a happy, healthy and successful life.
Is Your Child Addicted To Drugs?
Asking if your child is addicted to drugs is no question parents want to ask themselves. The reality, however, is that approximately 28 million children in America have at least one parent who is addicted to drugs or alcohol which makes these children 34% more likely to suffer from addiction or alcoholism problems. In the event that both parents suffer from substance abuse problems, that figure skyrockets to an astonishing 400% chance of becoming addicted.
If neither you nor your spouse is addicted your child can still succumb to the temptations of substance abuse. There are a number of ways that a child can come across drugs or alcohol. Peer pressure is a common avenue for kids who don’t see substance abuse at home come into contact with drugs or alcohol. Some adolescents come across drugs before they are even in their teens!
Becoming addicted to drugs or alcohol is an extremely serious situation. Addiction ruins the lives of those who become afflicted and in turn negatively affect the lives of those around them. When kids become addicted, their mental and biological development becomes stunted. Teenage years can be especially detrimental to a young person who is addicted. This is a time of rapid physical and social development and if drugs enter the picture, it can be devastating.
If you have a child who is struggling with drug abuse, they can be helped by drug addiction treatment. There are facilities all over the nation that specialize in adolescent addiction. Please don’t wait to get help… our children are our future.