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Drug addiction is sending more children into foster care

addiction is sending more into foster care

What happens to the children of addicts?

 Addiction doesn’t just impact your own personal life, but severely affects those around you too.

Families and friends can blame themselves for your addiction or feel guilty about your illness.

If you are worried about a relative, it is essential to remember that addiction is not their fault and yours.

For confidential advice and support from medical staff who are available 24/7, call us today on 0808 1150 446.

Foster care is a common destination for those with addicted parents

Witnessing a parent abusing alcohol or drugs can traumatise children and cause long-term effects.

A child with a parent who is addicted to drugs or alcohol is around three times more likely to be neglected, physically or sexually abused.

Seeing a parent misuse substance is very distressing and does not have an impact on their lives at home but hinders their progress at school.

A child’s social and educational development is neglected by having a parent who is an addict, as parents cannot fulfil basic daily tasks.

This parental neglect can often lead to the child being put into foster care to guarantee their safety and well-being.

If a child is at risk of being physically or psychologically abused, it is considered best for the child to go into foster care.

If you are struggling with substance abuse and are worried about your child, contact us today, and we can help you and your family. More here.

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1 in 4 children whose parents are addicts become addicts themselves

There are some long-term effects associated with parental substance misuse.

These include:

  • Children may develop mental health issues
  • Risk of physical and sexual child abuse
  • Falling behind at school
  • Feeling isolated from their friendship groups
  • Substance abuse later in life
  • Potential PTSD and trauma

Children may also feel guilty or partially responsible for their parent’s addiction.

They may develop feelings of worthlessness and isolation.

It is vital to remember that addiction is not a choice. It is an illness which is not their fault and it isn’t yours either.

If you are a child or young adult who feels at risk due to apparent using alcohol or drugs, then it is important to seek help and support.

Here are a few charities that can help you:

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There are a number of things that you and your family can do to help someone who is struggling with addiction.

If a parent or loved one is in denial about their addiction, staging an intervention might be a good way to help them come to terms with their illness.

Why you need an intervention

An intervention is not an interrogation of an individual but a way of motivating them to seek the help they need.

It is a planned process organised by the family and friends of someone abusing drugs or alcohol to help them confront the problems and understand the consequences of continuing in the same way.

More on how to motivate a loved one to go to rehab.

The Executive Rehab Guide has been created to support those suffering from addiction and connect them to the right treatments and rehabs.

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Last Updated on June 15, 2022 by Alison