Addiction and the Family

Our co-sponsors of the Lawyer Addiction Blog, The Meadows Addiction Center, have been publishing a number of FAQ collections of late. These websites isolate a topic, and attempt to answer the most common questions. For example, they previously published one on the Drug Rehab experience.

The latest offering explains the effects of Addiction & the Family, and supports their corresponding family treatment program.  Some relevant statistics from SAMHSA:

  • Combined data from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s 2002 to 2007 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health provide average annual estimates of the number of children under age 18 living with a substance-abusing parent, i.e., a parent dependent on/abusing alcohol or an illicit drug.
  • More than 8.3 million children (11.9%) lived with at least one parent who was dependent on/abusing alcohol or an illicit drug during the past year.
  • Of the children living with a substance-abusing parent, almost 7.3 million (10.3%) lived with a parent who was dependent on or abused alcohol, and about 2.1 million (3.0%) lived with a parent who was dependent on/abusing illicit drugs.
  • About 5.4 million children under 18 years of age lived with a father who met the criteria for past-year substance dependence or abuse, and 3.4 million lived with a mother who met the criteria.

Please visit the site for more information on about how addiction affects families. … And on an unrelated note, best of luck to The Meadows on their new PTSD treatment program for Soldiers & Military personnel. Looks like another great program.

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