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Child of an Addict Grows up with Complications

Child of an Addict - The Bergand Group

As the child of an addict, you face the kinds of experiences that other people can’t even imagine. Whether you’re still living with or are close to the parent or haven’t seen or heard from them in years, dealing with a mother or father (or both) who struggles with any kind of addiction is not something that their child can face easily.

What It’s Like to Be the Child of an Addict

Not only is it difficult, in a word, to grow up as the child of an addict, but becoming an adult after years of this lifestyle can have major influences. Those early and formative years were likely chaotic, confusing, painful, and terrifying. Though everyone goes through a different experience, the core elements are usually the same, and that person faces the emotional, psychological, and other consequences as they grow older and have to find their own way in the world.

You may look back on that time with sadness for yourself, or anger at the person or people who were supposed to take care of you, but didn’t. You may feel guilty for not being able to help them, though this is never the child’s responsibility. They may have made you feel as if you were the catalyst for their addiction, but that is their failure to own the real reasons for the substance abuse. As a child or an adult, you are not to blame for another person’s addiction, and you deserve to take the time to find your own peace in the world.

These children, while still living under the same roof as the parent, have to face day after day of not knowing what to expect from their mother or father. They don’t know what things will be like when they get home from school, or how they will be treated by that parent. Though the child likely finds his or her own way to deal with this situation, this isn’t something that they should have to deal with. There are a lot of people suffering from addictions in the U.S. at the moment, and it’s a fair bet that there are, too, a lot of children of those people who have to suffer alongside their parents.

Unfortunately, their parents’ behavior also usually means that the child has to take on the role of caretaker in many cases. If there are younger siblings, then the oldest child may become responsible for them. If there are chores to be done and meals to be made, then the oldest may have to take care of that, too. “Those little kids turn into adults and it doesn’t just go away.” That means that they need to be cared for even when they’ve grown up, because the effects of living in that kind of environment last a lifetime.

It can be difficult to know how to handle these situations, whether you are the child of an addict or a friend or family member who is concerned about that person. Know that you aren’t alone, in either case, and that there are always people who want to help you to lead a more stable and happy life. If you need help to find your footing in these tumultuous cases, then contact The Bergand Group. We offer recovery programs for yourself or for others or are seeking education materials about addictions. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction recovery center and offers support for those struggling with drug addiction and mental health issues, including direction for those who may be denying an addiction.  We can help you to work through your addiction in a safe and healthy environment where everyone is committed to your care.

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About The Bergand Group:

At The Bergand Group in Baltimore and Harford County, Maryland, our therapists have more than twenty years of experience in the mental health and addiction fields. Our focus is on providing comprehensive mental health care and appropriate care for addictive disorders. We offer both alcohol rehab and drug rehabilitation. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance addiction, there is help available. We also offer several other services, including family therapy and counseling. We can help. Contact us today.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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