Drug addicted parents don\u2019t just harm themselves. They can wreak havoc on the lives of their loved ones as well. Children are particularly affected by the behavior of drug-addicted parents. If you\u2019re a parent in the process of recovery, it\u2019s crucial to be aware of the impact addiction has on your children. This shouldn\u2019t make you feel guilty or negatively view yourself. In part, recovery is about forgiveness, and it will be easier if you show compassion and kindness toward yourself. When your focus is on your next high, your children can get left behind. Once you understand how your addiction affects them, you can help them lead better, safer lives\u2014and you too.\r\n\r\nNo matter how much your family has been affected by substance use disorder, the intensive outpatient rehab center in Washburn, PA, provides an option to stay close to your loved ones. During intensive outpatient rehab, you return home to fulfill parental obligations and rebuild your relationships with your child.\r\nHow Drug-Addicted Parents Can Impact Their Children\r\nIt's plain to see the impact of addiction on those with substance use disorder. Seeing drug-addicted parents' effect on children becomes a challenge. The relationship between parent and child is very influential and critical to their development. The actions, or lack thereof, of addicted parents with their children show up in a variety of ways.\r\n1. Neglect\r\nUnfortunately, children of drug-addicted parents are often neglected. This can happen when a parent is:\r\n\r\n \tTrying to obtain drugs\r\n \tUsing drugs\r\n \tHigh\r\n \tComing down from a high\r\n\r\nNeglected children of addicts don\u2019t receive the care, love, and guidance they need. They may grow up believing the lack of attention they receive is their fault. It\u2019s challenging to build a positive self-image in this kind of environment. This kind of childhood can impact a child\u2019s development in the long-term. Often, the effects persist well until adulthood. As well as lasting self-esteem issues, childhood neglect can affect relationships later in life, making it hard to bond with people and trust them. No child wants to be neglected, and no parent wants their child to feel alone. But alcohol and drug abuse make it difficult to put a loved one\u2019s needs before your desires. Substance abusers don\u2019t have to be stuck in this way of thinking and behaving. Treatment centers and therapy are designed to help you focus on what truly adds meaning, purpose, and value to your life, including your children.\r\n2. Abuse\u00a0\r\nNeglect is a kind of child abuse, but abuse takes many other forms as well. A drug-addicted parent\u2019s poor mental health and altered state of mind when drunk or high can lead to abusive behavior. The abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, and\/or psychological in nature. A parent addicted to drugs or alcohol may emotionally abuse their children in what they say (or don\u2019t say) and in what they do (or don\u2019t do). Verbal abuse can take the form of insults, name-calling, threats, harassment, humiliation, shaming, and criticism. This can leave children of addiction feeling, they have little self-worth or value. In brains that are still developing, this negative belief system can become ingrained and cause many issues later in life, like depression, anxiety, or their form of substance abuse.\r\n\r\nNon-verbal emotional abuse includes withholding food, shelter, and other necessities from a child (physical neglect), and not giving them the attention or affection they deserve (emotional neglect). A substance abuser may become angry, aggressive, and irritable when they\u2019re high or drunk, causing their child to be fearful of them in this state. Of course, it can be traumatic to grow up in a household where they can\u2019t rely on their parents to look after their physical and emotional needs. Children of addicts can also feel traumatized by experiencing their parents in high or drunken states. Alcohol and drug abuse can rob you of the empathy you need to care for your child. But empathy can be learned and strengthened in sobriety. You can build a stable relationship with your child once again, and good relationships with the ones you love will help you stay sober as well!\r\n3. Shame\u00a0\r\nDrug addicted parents often behave in unpredictable ways. This can cause children of addicts to shy away from bringing friends over. A child\u2019s peers may also bully them about their parent\u2019s addiction or embarrassing behavior in public. Children of addiction may refuse to go to school events, gatherings, parties, or outings to avoid their parents showing up drunk or high and potentially acting inappropriately. In this way, drug-addicted parents can become a guilty secret, affecting a child\u2019s chances of leading a healthy social life. Being a consistently sober and reliable presence in your child\u2019s life will rebuild their respect for you. This can be a stepping stone toward a more loving relationship.\r\n4. Poor Performance in School\r\nChildren growing up in a home with a drug-addicted parent are much more likely to perform poorly in school. This happens for different reasons:\r\n\r\n \tA drug-addicted parent forgets to take their child to school.\r\n \tThey fail to stress the importance of education, so their child gets away with staying home.\r\n \tDrug-Addicted parents can\u2019t provide the support that other children get, like attending school meetings or helping with homework.\r\n \tThey create a toxic environment that makes it difficult for a child to focus on their schoolwork.\r\n\r\nRegularly skipping school or arriving late can end up impacting a child\u2019s grades. Addiction treatment for yourself in MA is a process that takes time, with mistakes and lessons learned along the way. As you take an active interest in your child\u2019s education, your reason for using will become weaker. Instead, you have more reason to get sober, so you can provide a bright future for your child and prove to yourself and them that you\u2019re able to do so.\r\n5. Copycat Behavior\r\nWhile genetics play a role in the likelihood of becoming a drug abuser, external factors also matter. A growing child looks to their parents as authority figures who offer guidance on navigating through life. If a child continually witnesses alcohol and drug abuse, they may see it as normal behavior that can be modeled. As an addicted parent trying to quit a drug or stop drinking, you can prevent your child from copying your behavior later in life.\r\n\r\nDon\u2019t use alcohol or drugs in front of your child. Hiding this behavior from your children is one of the best things you can do to protect them. But the very best thing is to seek treatment for your addiction and model self-care.\r\nAddiction Treatment for Drug-Addicted Parents\r\nBeing a caring and attentive parent is a challenge anytime, but especially so when you\u2019re struggling with an addiction. There are ways to do better, and knowing how your addiction affects your children can be the single most significant motivating factor in getting sober. As you restore order, stability, and tranquillity to your life, you can work on rebuilding a healthy relationship with your children and help them flourish. Contact Washburn House to take part in the following programs:\r\n\r\n \tIntensive outpatient rehab\r\n \tPartial hospitalization program (PHP)\r\n \tExtended care addiction treatment in MA\r\n \tDual diagnosis treatment program in Worcester\r\n \tOpioid or opiate addiction treatment\r\n \tAlcohol addiction treatment in Worcester\r\n\r\nCall <a href='tel:8552983104'>855.298.3104</a> to speak with addiction specialists today about treatment options for those with children.