Drug addiction is devastating not only for the person struggling with addiction but also for those closest to that person. For the children of addiction, this statement rings truer than for most. The sad fact is that children of people with a drug addiction far too often grow up to become addicted themselves.
Family Court in Clark County, NV
Nevada’s Clark county family court has noticed this alarming cycle with its residents. Officials remove children from homes with drug abuse, often for neglect, in an attempt to provide these children with better conditions and hope for the future.
Unfortunately, many of these children who enter the system for protection will return later as a defendant. Their children have now been removed from the home, just as they were, and for the same reasons.
Clark county is trying to implement a parent mentoring program geared toward parents struggling with drug addiction, but the success of such a program remains to be seen. All anyone knows for certain is something has to be done; the generational cycle of addiction must be broken.
Why Addiction Cycles Through Generations
Some experts believe the tendency toward addiction has some genetic influence, although genes alone aren’t enough to create addiction. A person must first try a substance before addiction can form.
Once addiction has a stronghold on a person, however, breaking it is anything but easy. Some wonder why an adult would even try drugs if they lived through the misery of a drug-addicted parent. Why would that person want to put his or her children through the same experiences?
In most cases, the parent doesn’t purposefully neglect the child to begin with. He or she may be curious about why drugs were so important to his or her own parents. Pressure from circumstances or friends may also lead to experimentation. Before he or she knows it, drugs have become more important than the children, and the courts must become involved.
Support for Families of Drug Addiction
While long term drug rehab is vital to those with immediate addiction, it may also be helpful for the children of those individuals. While the child won’t need the physical recovery aspect of the program, understanding drug abuse and ways to cope without drugs despite the circumstances could be crucial in the process of breaking the generational cycle of dependency. It can also help the child forgive his or her parents and move on with healthier ways of thinking.
At Clarity Way, we offer long term rehab programs as we find them to be much more successful than short term solutions. We are here so you can find your path to recovery. If you struggle with alcohol or drug addiction, please contact us for help today.
Posted on January 2nd, 2014 in Help Blog