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Children of Substance Abusers

Danielle’s father is an alcoholic, as are both of Luke’s parents. Nicole’s mother is recovering from crack cocaine addiction. How have these teenagers dealt with such overwhelming conditions? This video explores the emotional confusion and trauma affecting children of substance abusers, showing how many young people are able to break the cycle of addiction and create a healthy pattern for their own lives. Important steps in that process are featured—most importantly, realizing that your parent’s problems come from his or her sickness and are not your fault. Self-worth, acceptance, forgiveness, and the concept of the “parentified” child are all explored. (9 minutes)

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Children at Risk
Children of substance abusers share common emotions including depression, embarrassment, confusion, and anxiety. These children are forced to grow up too soon, often assuming parenting roles.