How Does a Parent’s Addiction Affect Children?

How Does a Parent's Addiction Affect Children?When a Canadian allows their addiction to progress, they are not just negatively affecting their lives, but they affect the lives of those around them. Perhaps the most potent and upsetting of these effects is the impact it can have on children.

Many times, and in varying forms, children find themselves directly involved with a parent’s substance abuse. Sadly, the parent’s addiction may be so severe that they can’t see how their problem is changing the ones they hold most dear. No matter what stage of life the child is at, the effects can be astounding.

Effects of Addiction on Canadian Children before Birth

Physical and mental consequences can occur if the mother is an addict while pregnant with her child. It has been shown that cocaine-using mothers can cause their children to have cognitive disorders later in life that prevent them from being able to block out distractions and concentrate in the classroom. Similar issues can develop when a Canadian mother drinks during her pregnancy, even when the alcohol use is low-to-moderate.

Physical birth defects are also extremely common in substance abuses of all kinds, with many drugs restricting blood flow and decreasing oxygen to the fetus. Miscarriages and still births are also very high risks.

Emotional and Behavioral Consequences on Canadian Children of Addicts

Canadian substance abusers are more likely to be involved in such situations as divorce, unemployment, domestic violence, and legal issues, all of which can have a profound effect on their children. Offspring coming out of this situation are far more likely to attempt suicide and have eating disorders.

It is also more likely to find the children of Canadian addicts having problems in school, both with grades and behavior. They also may feel hopeless and develop low self-esteem. In addition, they are at a far greater risk of dealing with physical and sexual abuse.

The Center on Addiction and the Family reports that children of addicted parents are more likely to develop clinical depression. Suffering from anxiety related issues is also highly common, with many children dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, dealing for many years with flashbacks and sleep disorders in connection to their drug-abused upbringing.

Many children avoid bringing their friends home or even experience having their family shunned by the friends’ parents due the family’s drug abusing behavior. They often times develop additional psychological issues because they blame themselves for their parent’s actions and find themselves worrying about them as if they were the parent and their father or mother was the child.

How We Can Help Canadian Residents Struggling with Addicted Families

We are an organization that can help resolve these difficult situations. If you are a Canadian resident concerned about your parent or the parent of someone you know, we can help. The best thing that can be done for any substance abuser is to get them on the road to recovery, even if that person is the one who is raising you.

Call our toll-free helpline where our counselors are standing by 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer your questions in a friendly, non-judgmental environment.