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How Opium Addiction Influences Your Children

How Opium Addiction Influences Your ChildrenOpium addiction affects every relationship in the addict’s life. An addict might drive away, gradually lose touch with, or fall out of favor with employers, coworkers, loved ones and family members. But often the relationship that takes the biggest blows from opiate addiction is that between an addict and his kids.

Opium addiction is a difficult battle to fight. Many people begin using opiates to help relieve physical pain that affects them every day. Others use opiates to self-medicate for depression, anxiety or other psychological issues. Though the opiate addict may see the negative impact his addiction is having on his family and other relationships and areas in his life, the overwhelming compulsion to continue using opiates can overpower even his best efforts to turn things around. Whether the addict attempts to conceal his addiction or has openly sought help for it, he cannot stop the disease from affecting his children.

Ways that Kids Are Affected by A Parent’s Opiate Abuse

Any kid whose parent struggles with addiction cannot help but develop an opinion about the situation. Will the kids realize that drugs are harmful, or will they believe they are worth trying? Will they blame the addicted parent, the other parent, or themselves? No matter what, the kids’ views of drug abuse and their family will be shaped by opiate addiction. A few of the many reasons why addicted parents ought to do their best to get help and make a long-term recovery include the following:

  • Children’s tendency to think they share in the blame – The children of an addict may take on some of the responsibility for his drug use – especially if they have acted out or caused stress in the family – because they often lack the emotional maturity and coping skills to realize that they are not at fault.
  • Conflict between the parents – Drug addiction often causes marital problems and can lead to divorce.
  • Financial problems – The financial sacrifices an opiate addict makes to obtain the drug, as well as any costly legal consequences, harm everyone for whom he provides or is responsible.
  • Physical harm – Opiates cause a euphoric high and can distort a user’s perception, impair motor skills, and lower inhibitions. This can place an opiate addict’s children in danger, especially while in the car with a driver who is under the influence.
  • Psychological harm – A parent’s drug addiction can cause a child worry, depression and anxiety. Emotionally compromised by the substance abuse, the child could turn to destructive behaviors despite knowing that drug use causes harm to health and relationships.
  • Kids taking on role as caretaker – Having an irresponsible parent often forces children to step up and begin acting like adult long before they should have to, causing them to miss out on opportunities.
  • The availability of the drugs – If kids have access to opiates, they may decide to satiate their curiosity by experimenting with them.

If a child sees a parent using opiates and not experiencing obvious negative consequences, the child may get the wrong impression that opiates are not addictive or dangerous.

Why Treatment Is Important

The best thing you can do for your child is to commit to professional treatment. Even if you have made mistakes, it is never too late to get help, rebuild relationships and teach your children about the dangers of opiate use from a healthy perspective.

Help for Opium Addiction

If you or a loved one is struggling with an opium addiction, call our toll-free helpline to speak with an admissions coordinator about your professional treatment options. We are available 24 hours a day to help you find the treatment you need. Please call today.