Drug addiction in the United States has reached epidemic proportions.
According to the CDC, 78 Americans die from an opioid overdose daily. This comes as no surprise, since the amount of prescription opioids sold in the United States has quadrupled since 1999, yet there has not been an increase in pain reported among Americans.
With the rise of drug abuse and so many affected, many children witness the consequences firsthand. Living with drug-dependent caretakers is detrimental to a child’s mental, physical and emotional health. Unfortunately, it has become common in our society.
A 7-year-old girl from Pennsylvania recently made headlines for attending school even though her parents had overdosed at home days prior, signifying the normalcy of this kind of behavior for children surrounded by addiction. The girl woke up, got dressed and went to school as she normally would. A police investigation found that the deceased parents also left behind a 9-month-old, 3-year-old and 5-year-old to fend for themselves.
This is the reality for many children who live in homes affected by drug addiction. The mental and emotional trauma these kids suffer can sometimes have long-term effects. A child’s brain goes through rapid development, and constant stress and trauma can cause long-term psychological problems including anxiety, depression and future substance abuse problems. Children are taken from their homes and placed with Child Protective Services, away from any family or familiar faces. Drug addiction affects the user as well as everyone around them, including their children.
Children raised in drug abuse-affected households face more challenges than peers living with supportive families. Much like the 7-year-old girl from Pennsylvania, many children are living in abusive and destructive households due to drug addiction. It is crucial that these children are taken out of these destructive environments and receive the proper physical, emotional and mental care that they need.
Drug addiction does not have to tear your family apart – seek help and restore your life, as well as your loved ones.
Did you know an addiction can be caused by a mental disorder?
One of the primary reasons that mental disorders and substance abuse so often go hand-in-hand is that drugs and alcohol can provide an escape from the pressures of mental health problems. Self-medicating is surprisingly common: you’re not alone.
But unlike real, effective, long-term solutions, such as medication and detoxification in a treatment center, drugs and alcohol won’t amount to effective treatment.
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