Kids of the Addicted

Kids of the AddictedKids say and do the craziest things sometimes and we have to remember that they are a byproduct of their environment too. What can be said about a five year old kindergartener who shows up for school on show and tell day and his prize to the class is dozens of small plastic bags containing heroin?

Well, somewhere in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the 5-year-old stepson of Santos Roman decided this was a good thing to share for show and tell, according to Roman discovered the drugs were gone and came to school to get them and at that point he was arrested.

Kids Will Pick Up Anything

The boy wore Roman’s jacket to school and apparently the drugs were in the pocket. The boy used these for his class presentation. The boy’s teacher quickly retrieved the drugs and notified the principal, who alerted police. Roman arrived at the school in search of his son but he did find the jacket and fled the building. He then discovered the drugs were missing.

Roman was taken into custody and is charged with risk of injury to a minor, possession of narcotics, sale of narcotics and possession of narcotics within 1,500 feet of a school. He is being held on $100,000 bond.

This is what we should expect when kids live with drug addicts. More than 28 million Americans are children of alcoholics; nearly 11 million are under the age of 18. These figures do not include the children of parents that are addicted to other drugs.

Kids Will Follow Their Parents Ways

Addiction runs in families so kids have a greater chance to become addicts themselves than other kids do. These children come from disrupted family lives and they usually lack parenting, communication skills, and home management. They are given nothing to give them the edge of becoming productive adults.

Kids of drug addicts are prone to enduring family conflict; emotional or physical violence; decreased family cohesion; decreased family organization; increased family isolation; increased family stress including work problems, illness, marital strain and financial problems, according to The American Journal of Psychiatry.

71.6% of the child neglect and abuse cases in the US involve substance abuse, according to the Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. Also, 75.7% of the children of addicted parents are at risk for placement outside the home. Nearly 12,000 newborns are abandoned at birth.

This is what it is like to live with addicted parents and the real truth is that it is not fair. Be a better role model for your kids, if you have an addiction show that you can get help and recover from that. Show your kids that there are better ways to live.

Mike Loverde

With firsthand experience with addiction, Mike Loverde is now a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), as accredited by the Association of Intervention Specialists and the Pennsylvania Certification Board. He founded Family First Intervention in 2008 and has since helped hundreds of families find intervention and addiction rehabilitation solutions.

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