There was a public-service announcement on television that aired in the 1980s, depicting a father confronting his son about using drugs. When the father asked where the son got the drugs and who taught him “how to do this stuff,” the teen responded, “You, all right? I learned it by watching you.” The voiceover then stated, “Parents who use drugs have children who use drugs.”
Three decades later, the overall message is still valid. Teens that grow up with parents who abuse drugs or alcohol can have an increased risk of falling into the same destructive patterns.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau reports that 12 percent of children live with a parent “who is dependent on or abuses alcohol or other drugs.”
Here’s a look at some of the effects that parental substance abuse can have on teenagers. [Read more…]