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Parents That Use Drugs

Addiction: Nature or nurture? Studies have shown that both genetic predispositions and environmental causes are factors that equally contribute to the development of alcoholism and drug addiction within the family system. More than 28 million Americans are children of alcoholics, and nearly 11 million are under the age of eighteen. For children of parents addicted to drugs or alcohol, life can be a nightmare riddled with confusion, fear, anger, and resentment. The task of knowing how to effectively deal with drug-addicted parents is further complicated by the fact that children of addicts and alcoholics are at a higher risk of developing their own addictions and alcoholism based on their biology and upbringings. Unlikely as it may seem, dealing with drug-addicted parents and shaping a healthier, happier life is possible for children of addicts and alcoholics.

Alcoholism and drug addiction tend to run in families; children of addicted parents are more at risk for alcoholism and other drug abuse than are other children. Additionally, the use of substances by parents and their adolescent children is strongly correlated; generally speaking, if parents take drugs, sooner or later their children will take drugs too. In this case, knowledge is a very powerful tool in learning how to deal with drug-addicted parents: if the child of an alcoholic or addict learns all he can about drug addiction, he may be able to avoid falling victim to the disease of addiction himself. Understanding that alcoholism is a disease of perception and the result of warped thinking can help to combat feelings of sadness, anger and resentment toward an addicted parent.

Children of drug-addicted parents may often wonder what it is they did to cause their parents to choose drugs over them. Crucial to understanding addiction and coping with the addictive behavior of a loved one is the understanding of the Three C’s: you did not CAUSE your parents’ drug addiction; you cannot CONTROL your parents’ addictive behavior-until they decide to put the drugs down and get better, their actions will be determined by their drug and alcohol use, often resulting in negative consequences; and you surely can not CURE your parents’ drug addiction-only a spiritual remedy, as can be found in the program of Alcoholics Anonymous or similar programs, can treat a spiritual malady.

While drug-addicted parents are given the opportunity to treat their addictions through applying the principles of 12-Step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous, the children of drug-addicted parents are also offered the same opportunity for recovery. Studies have shown that children who coped effectively with the trauma of growing up in families affected by alcoholism often relied on the support of a non-alcoholic parent, stepparent, grandparent, teachers and others; therefore, the children of addicted parents who rely on other supportive adults demonstrate increased autonomy and independence, stronger social skills, better ability to cope with difficult emotional experiences, and better day-to-day coping strategies. Support groups like Ala-Teen, Al-Anon, and Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) provides children of drug-addicted parents with a safe environment in which to express themselves, identify with the experiences of others, and find support for their emotional recovery. These group programs are effective in helping to reduce feelings of isolation, shame and guilt among children of alcoholics while emphasizing the importance of peer influence and mutual support to adolescents.



Our mission at The Hills Treatment Center is to offer a unique combination of educational and therapeutic drug and alcohol rehabilitation. In that spirit we present answers to some frequently asked questions. However, don’t stop here. Our knowledgeable and compassionate admissions specialists are available to speak with you personally 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

How do I know if someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol?
Diseases of drug and alcohol addiction are complex and impactful. We encourage you to speak with your physician, or refer to the symptoms checklists offered by respected agencies in the field of addiction research and treatment like The National Institute on Drug Abuse, or NIDA .
What drug and alcohol treatment choices do you offer?
At The Hills, we offer a wide variety of treatment choices ranging from residential drug and alcohol treatment to intensive outpatient treatment, each applying the latest and best addiction treatment therapies. Plus, at every level there are counseling and support groups from which to select to maximize the process of recovery.
Is detoxification a painful experience?
Not if you’re detoxing from drug or alcohol addiction in a residential setting at The Hills, where you’re given round the clock care and attention every step of the way, safe and secure in a private room with counselors, message therapists, and world class chefs to aide and advise you in comfort.
What if your detox program doesn’t work for my needs?
That’s not possible at The Hills Treatment Center because all of our treatment plans are personalized to specifically support the rehabilitation and recovery of each individual client.
Can I receive treatment for more than one addiction?
Yes. The Hills recognizes that many people suffer from multiple addictions compounded by mental and emotional health issues. Our Dual Diagnosis program addresses all of these compounding issues.
Won’t drug and alcohol treatment put me behind at school?
We understand how important it is to achieve your academic goals, but that will not be possible without addresses the challenges of addiction. Through our Young Adults program we will develop a rehabilitation schedule that allows you to continue your education.
What happens to me after detoxification is complete?
You are not left alone after drug or alcohol detox. We offer a myriad of counseling and educational programs to support your rehabilitation and recovery including Relapse Prevention, Sober Living and Sober Companions, Family Outreach, and New Lease on Life.
Who comprises your staff?
The staff here at The Hills is led by eminent addiction expert, Dr. Howard C. Samuels; columnist, published author, television talk-show guest on the leading edge of drug and alcohol treatment modalities. Our team of experienced professionals and paraprofessionals often know first – hand what drug and alcohol treatment and recovery are all about. Our team is here to assist and support you at all times.


A guide to locating appropriate treatment, entering a rehab and more. Includes questions and answers, and a California Drug Rehab Guide.

• Family Involvement • Specific Drugs • Treatment Facilities • Financial Issues • Before Entering Rehab • After Drug Rehab • California Drug Rehab • Legal Issues

About Dr. Howard Samuels

Howard C. Samuels, PsyD is a leading drug and alcohol addiction expert. He is a licensed therapist with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with years of experience running two successful treatment centers, and is the founder of The Hills Treatment Center.

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