EFFECTS ON CHILDREN
While no addict should be condemned or vilified for their addiction, they must get help as soon as possible. And for would-be mothers who are addicted to alcohol, the stakes are that much higher.
When considering the broader societal cost of alcohol addiction, the first place one should look is within the family of the addict. Given that children are often the first ones to be adversely affected when their parents use substances, this fact alone should serve as a compelling incentive to seek treatment.
New data suggests that what parents do before they even conceive can have an effect on future children. What do parents need to know in order to be the best parents that they can possibly be?
Addiction is a multi-faceted, complex crisis, brought on by several factors and perpetrated by several more. It goes without saying that addiction is a complicated affliction, or else it would not be so difficult to overcome.