May 27, 2020

Addiction Is Parents’ Greatest Fear

More than terrorism, economic collapse, crime and war, parents' greatest fear is that their kids will become addicted to drugs and alcohol. 

In a new survey from and AddictionWise, more than 1,500 participants reported that the trends in addiction have them more worried than anything else. It's not surprising, given the staggering statistics:

  • 44 percent of Americans say they personally know someone who has been addicted to prescription painkillers, CNBC reports.
  • 20 percent said it was a family member.
  • 24.6 million Americans used drugs.
  • This equates to 9.4 percent of the population versus 8.3 percent in 2002.
  • That’s roughly equal to the entire population of Texas.
By eighth grade, one in three kids have tried alcohol. By the end of high school, that number climbs to seven out of 10, according to AddictionWise.
When you’re about to sit down and have the big, bad addiction conversation with your kids, here are 10 basic ways to weave into addiction discussions with your children.
  1. Children need to hear that you love them — you always have and always will.
  2. Children need to hear you are sorry for your behavior (or that they were witness to the behavior of another).
  3. Children need to know that they are not at fault and in no way did they cause the need for you to drink, use drugs or engage in any addictive behavior.
  4. Children need to know that you would like to have more openness and honesty in the relationship and that you realize this begins with you.
  5. Children need to hear that you will do everything in your power to abstain from the addictive behavior.
  6. Children need to know that you will take responsibility for your behaviors and addiction and are now accountable for living differently and being accountable for your recovery.
  7. Children need to know that addiction is a family disease, and it often runs through generations.
  8. Children need to know that addiction in the family can skip generations.
  9. Children need to know that you would like to break the chain of addiction.
  10. Children need to know you will listen to their experiences and be available if they want to talk.

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