Parental Substance Abuse
A Major Factor
Parental substance abuse is a
major factor contributing to child abuse and neglect. This connection is
the subject of a new booklet by the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA).
Parents' abuse of alcohol and other drugs can lead to a cycle of addiction, which is reflected by high rates of alcoholism and other substance abuse among children of addicts. Substance abuse among youth leads to a domino effect of problems in school, involvement in juvenile justice, teen pregnancy, and mental and emotional turmoil. By focusing on prevention programs for youth, the authors contend that the cycle can be broken. They also recommend that parents receive treatment from comprehensive programs.