Addiction controls people’s lives so completely that they are often unaware of the impact of their actions on those they love. Children of drug addicts often suffer the most, and they are the ones that carry the consequences of the addiction long into their future. Growing up in an addict’s home can lead to the development of many different feelings, most of which are unhealthy.
A child growing up in a household where drugs are used will not know what a normal life is like. Kids who are used to seeing drug abuse, or witnessing their parent high on drugs, or experiencing the instability of an impaired parent will assume every child grows up like this. It won’t be until later in life that the child realizes what they’ve been missing out on, and how detrimental their childhood really was.
The children of drug addicts are familiar with fear. These children have no doubt seen their parent under the influence of drugs and have maybe seen them get violent or angry easily. Children of addicts are not only afraid of what their parent might do to them, but they are also afraid that their parent will get caught. Even though their life is unstable and difficult, a child living in this situation will be more afraid of being taken away from their parent.
When a child is raised in a home with abuse or neglect because of drug addiction, they are more likely to suffer emotional effects over time. These children are more likely to develop depression, to suffer from low self-esteem, and to get caught up with drug abuse themselves someday.
When the children of addicts grow up, they often feel much resentment and anger toward their parents for raising them the way they did. These children may grow up to continue to resent their parents and their upbringing, and this may interfere with their own family relationships one day.
Drug addiction so easily controls people’s lives that they don’t even realize the detriment is causes those in their household. Unfortunately, children are often the silent sufferers of a family afflicted with drug abuse, and not until the child is grown will some of the consequences be fully known. It is important for someone with a drug addiction to seek professional help, not only for themselves, but for the wellbeing of their children and others in their family.