Consider This: 20 Ways Your Addiction Affects Your Kids

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By Wendy Kay

Sometimes the truth hurts, but it also sets you free to choose to act differently. The truth also gives you the freedom to get help when you know help is available. Addiction is not a pretty disease and it affects the entire family.

Children are the victims of the alcoholic or addicted parent. Imagine being a child whose parent is more interested in a substance than caring for and raising you. Imagine the inappropriate behaviors and responses in daily life of the person who is under the influence of a mind-altering chemical. The child doesn’t know what is real or right.

The child knows what anger and sadness are. She also knows what neglect and abandonment are through physical and/or emotional absence. They witness lying, violence, aggression, desperation and worse. They know what hurt and pain feel like and what it’s like to be alone is like. Children are the true victims of living in the chaotic dysfunction brought on by addiction.

Check out the list of the ways addictions affect children at



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