When a family member has an addiction, everyone is affected. It is important to understand how each family member may be dealing with the unhealthy behavior. Children of alcohol and drug addicted parents are in the highest risk group of all children to become alcohol and drug abusers themselves due to genetic and family environment influences.
It is important to become educated on addiction and codependency, and to talk with your children honestly about the dangers of addiction and their own risk factors. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) can provide you with guildelines on talking with your kids. Click here to learn more.