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Wednesday, December 06 2023
Know Your Child

Parents with substance abuse and their relationship with child

Ramya Know your child 1
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Childhood is a important stage in everybody’s life. If a child gets caring, and nurturing environment which allows them to lead a happy adulthood life, they their overall personality blossoms. Unfortunately few children lack these chances and get a stressful, and hard childhood ,which results in behavioral issues in them.

Parents usually deal with many conflicts. Yet they try to give their time, and attention to their children. But it is not the same with everyone. Parents who are addicted to substances have psychological, and physical health problems. They find it difficult to fulfill their children’s needs. Their medical condition, and financial issues will make their life and child’s life miserable.

In case of substance abuse, parents with alcohol or drug addiction, it is not only the parent but the child undergoes various problems. Each time a child faces a difficult challenge, whether it’s family turmoil or emotional distress, it takes a toll on them in a variety of ways. In short, there are potentially traumatic situations the children might face such as violence at home or divorce, victim of violence, abuse or neglect at home, witnessing violent acts in home or community, a family member attempting or committing suicide, having parents who are separated/divorced. These are the acts which brings abiyt in them personality related issues.

Children who live with an addicted parent grow up in an unpredictable environment filled with secrecy and role reversal. They receive inconsistent physical and emotional support. Children in these environments experience affected social development, self-confidence, poor health, and more. There is a much higher possibility of abuse or violence against these children.

Children might make two choices when they grow up. Either they aviod becoming like a addictive parent and try to become a good adult, or choose the same path as similar to m their parent, just to draw attention /take revenge.

Society’s perception

Children of these parents recieve a different treatment from society. Their playmates, neighbours might humiliate or Shane them for being odd. As a result the changes in the behaviour of the child is seen. They become aggressive, and shoe anti-social behaviors. Sometimes children become aloof or avoid certain situations so that they don’t have to deal with the society. This also affects on forming relationship. It brings adjustmental issues, and emotional instability as they have seen their parents’ disputes and find it difficult to adjust with the other person.

Addicted parents not only make their life difficult but leave a black mark on their children’s future also. Their performance in the school, co-curricular activities too takes a back seat as the child becomes emotionally vulnerable leaving a dent on her/his future forever.

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Ramya E.

The author is a counselor and lifeskills trainer who has trained over 2000 students. She holds an M.Sc. in Psychology.

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