Living with drug addicts is a very challenging and traumatic experience for children. In my case, I experienced the following:
- Neglect: Drug addicts may prioritize obtaining and using drugs over providing basic needs for their children, such as food, shelter, and medical care.
- Instability: The drug addict's behavior can be unpredictable, which can create an unstable and chaotic environment for children.
- Abuse: In some cases, drug addicts may become physically or emotionally abusive towards their children due to the effects of their drug use.
- Emotional distress: Children living with drug addicts can experience anxiety, depression, or other emotional distress due to the chaos and unpredictability of their living situation.
- Exposure to drugs: Children may be exposed to drugs, drug paraphernalia, and drug use, which can have negative effects on their physical and mental health.
- School problems: The instability and chaos of living with drug addicts can lead to problems with attendance, grades, and behavior in school.
- Social isolation: Children living with drug addicts may feel embarrassed or ashamed about their situation and may withdraw from social activities and friendships.
- Risky behavior: Children may engage in risky behavior themselves, such as experimenting with drugs or engaging in criminal activity.
It's important to note that every situation is unique. However, living with drug addicts can have significant negative impacts on a child's physical, emotional, and social well-being. It's crucial that children living with drug addicts receive support and assistance to ensure their safety and well-being.
In addition to these, I now also experience many health problems due to a compromised immune system. Psychological effects can also show up in physical forms due to your body overworking itself from being in fight or flight mode at all times.