Children and Addiction

Children and Addiction

Children and Addiction

Children and Addiction

Synopsis

Despite the fear surrounding the issue of drug use by our children, there is little information to guide those interested in providing help to children vulnerable to substance abuse. Children and Addiction addresses the needs of counselors, teachers, parents, and other concerned parties by describing the influence of habit formation, opportunity, access, predisposition, family relationships, the educational environment, and interpersonal communication as precursors to the addictive process. The effects of addiction and its impact upon the individual, family, school, and society are discussed in detail. Additional information is provided on types of drugs, treatment, relapse, self-help groups, and the recovery process. Interspersed throughout the text are descriptive case histories to assist the reader in their understanding of the process of addiction.

Excerpt

The threat of drug use to our children is a fear confronting every parent. Daily, we listen to our relatives and friends recount the devastation and grief accompanying the drug use of a family member. Intimidation, manipulation, and despair are frequently the descriptive adjectives used to communicate the experiences of someone emotionally involved with an addicted individual. Our feelings of helpfulness and sympathy for the person suffering the anguish of an addicted family member are usually followed by concerns about the vulnerability and safety of our loved ones. Unfortunately, firsthand knowledge of the effects of drug use is more common than we would like to admit. Hopefully, this book will offer addicted individuals, and their loved ones, a better understanding of the process of addiction, available treatments, and signposts to recovery.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Unfortunately, I cannot provide individual acknowledgment to all of my many helpful colleagues and students. However, one person, Dr. Nina Thiessen, deserves a very special mention for both her scholarly acumen and her dedication to the treatment of the . . .

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