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(p. 116) Helping Children Affected by a Parent’s Substance Use Disorder 

(p. 116) Helping Children Affected by a Parent’s Substance Use Disorder
(p. 116) Helping Children Affected by a Parent’s Substance Use Disorder

Dennis C. Daley

, and Antoine Douaihy

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date: 20 January 2021

Children of parents with SUDs are at increased risk for alcohol and drug use, behavior problems, school problems, depression and anxiety, and medical problems. Children can appear fine on the outside but suffer quietly on the inside, especially if they keep feelings, fears, and worries bottled up. Not all people, including children, are affected by a parent’s SUD in the same way. Strong connections with school, religious community, adults and mentors (teachers, coaches, relatives, friends), and involvement in meaningful activities (academic, creative, athletic, social) may help offset some of the negative impact of living in a family with an SUD. Many children show resilience and cope with difficult situations, including having a parent with an SUD.

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