Still a Ways to go for family members of alcoholics and drug abusers

Treating alcoholism and drug addiction for what it is; an illness, has made a huge difference in the lives of those trying to get clean, and to start a new life.
However, not everyone who works around children fully understands the lasting effects alcoholic or substance-abusing parents have on children. Children, who grow up in a house where an alcoholic or drug addict lives, learn to adapt to certain situations not experienced in families where these problems do not occur.

Besides the arguing and sometimes physical fighting that occurs when one or both parents have substance abuse problems, there are certain things a child learns to do, to try to make sense of the world they are growing up in, in order to survive it.

Some children manage to maintain healthy friendships outside of the home, and can fool others into thinking they have a normal home life. Others are not so fortunate.

The effects of living in a sometimes mentally, emotionally, and often physically abusive home, causes some children to act out in public situations.

If you attended school in the 1950 or 1960, you may remember, children that were always in trouble with the teachers, and teachers always punishing those students for one thing or another. During those times, school officials shrugged it off as the child misbehaving, and dealt with the child using the normal procedures put in place by the administration.

These misunderstood children carry this into their adult lives, if they were not able to talk about the problems their home life caused them.

Although it is not perfect, there are more resources available for children to talk to people about what they are going through at home, than there were decades ago.

Because effects of growing up with alcoholics or substance abusers can last a lifetime, studying these effects that an addiction in the family has on family members, especially children, should be part of early childhood education curriculums.