Without much doubt, raising a healthy baby depends to some degree on both parents maintaining healthy lifestyles. When it comes to alcohol, new data suggests that BOTH the mother-to-be AND the father-to-be should abstain from alcohol in order to have a healthy baby.
While much attention has been put on the use of mind-altering substances during pregnancy, new information shows that use of these substances, by either parent, before conception can impact brain development.
Drug and alcohol addiction causes untold harm not only to those immediately affected but also to their family members and loved ones. Sadly, domestic abuse, another serious problem, often appears in the same households where addiction occurs. How can both be addressed in a way that improves the lives of all involved?
When you’re dealing with an addicted loved one, there comes a time you have to draw a line to stop enabling and to help them stop their addicted behavior. When is the right time? How do you do it?
The children are the future of society, the guarantee that the human race will go on into the future. Protecting their health is of the utmost importance. How has the opiate epidemic affected children? And what can be done to reverse those effects?
Why do the sons and daughters of addicts experience a significantly higher likelihood of struggling with addiction later on in life? One could argue that close proximity to substance abuse throughout one's childhood gives one the idea that experimenting with substances is "okay" or "normal."
As soon as we get into the realm of medicine, patient medical history, physical health, and mental health, we start walking on delicate ground. On the one hand, it is essential to maintain privacy and personal confidentiality when it comes to an individual’s medical history.
Suicide attempts are another risk factor for the children of addicted parents. We have known for some time that it is harmful for children to grow up in households where one or more of the parents is using drugs and alcohol. There is a wealth of research data to back that up.
Figuring out how to help a loved one get treatment for a drug or alcohol addiction can be daunting. For many families, this will be the first time ever that they are dealing with addiction.