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(p. 81) How Substance Problems Affect Individual Family Members 

(p. 81) How Substance Problems Affect Individual Family Members
(p. 81) How Substance Problems Affect Individual Family Members

Dennis C. Daley

, and Antoine Douaihy

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date: 20 January 2021

The effects of SUDs on family members are well documented. Some people grow stronger through exposure to an SUD in their family despite negative effects. They show resilience. There is evidence that children of parents with an SUD are at higher risk for problems than are children whose parents do not have an SUD. Problems include those related to substance use, health or mental health, trouble with the law, and problems at work or in school. Parental SUDs underlie many family problems such as divorce, spouse abuse, child abuse and neglect, welfare dependence, and criminal behaviors. Studies show that women who use alcohol or drugs during pregnancy are more likely to have premature births.

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