Are Parents Enabling Drug Behavior in Their Adult Child
There is no doubt that drug and alcohol addiction has now become a serious factor in society, one of which that needs to be taken under close speculation and addressed with a lot more intensity than is currently being brought to bear on the problem at this time. Drug and alcohol addiction has many different facts and statistics that go along with it, and it would seem like the family members and loved ones of addicts create an effect or play a role in drug user’s substance abuse problem in all of these areas:
- According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, there are roughly twenty-three million Americans who are addicted to drugs and alcohol. In this scenario, we can see this means that there are twelve percent of the entire U.S. population that is over the age of twelve that is addicted to drugs and alcohol. When it is more closely examined, then it is easy to see that of those twenty-three million Americans who are addicted to drugs and alcohol, each one of those persons is closely connected to several people who are themselves in some way harmed by that connection. From this, it’s easy to see that there are roughly one hundred million Americans who are the family members and loved ones of drug and alcohol addicts. These one hundred million need to be focused on getting their addicted loved one into a treatment center, and not on enabling them.
- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly eighty thousand to one hundred thousand Americans die from drug and alcohol abuse and addiction each and every year. These individuals suffer a lot to the point where their substance abuse habit actually kills them. The way this breaks down is about sixty to eighty thousand Americans die from alcohol use every year and roughly forty to sixty thousand Americans die every year from drug abuse. With numbers like these, it can be seen that there are annually roughly four hundred thousand Americans who lose a family member or loved ones who was addicted to drugs and alcohol and who were abusing drugs and alcohol. This means that almost half a million Americans experience this loss every year. That’s almost half a million people who were hopefully trying to get that addict into treatment and who weren’t enabling the addict.
- According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, more and more people are becoming addicted to drugs and alcohol each and every year. According to the same organization, it is also true that more and more people are getting cleaned up and rehabilitated off of drugs and alcohol each and every year. However, this scenario is one of which is essentially one step forward and two steps backwards. How the numbers pan out is that about two hundred thousand Americans are able to beat the terrible scourge that is drug and alcohol addiction each and every year. This is great that so many people do get clean and free from drug and alcohol addiction each and every year. However, four hundred thousand Americans become addicted to drugs and alcohol each and every year. Literally more than double the Americans who get clean from addiction each year become addicted to substances each and every year. This is tough because it puts a lot of weight on the family members and loved ones of those addicts who also have the responsibility of helping those people and absolutely not enabling them.
- According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, people are trying and experimenting with and then becoming addicted to drugs and alcohol each and every year. As stated by NIDA is a situation where more and more people are abusing drugs and alcohol at an early stage of their lives when they are still going through a very formative stage. Studies show that people are abusing drugs and alcohol at much, much younger ages. Today, the average, first age of drug use for an American is sixteen. In the 1990s, the average first age of substance abuse was in the early twenties. What this means is that, though there is never a “good” age to be at when they abuse drugs and alcohol, the teens are at a much more dangerous age range to abuse drugs and alcohol because of the key, formative brain growth that is occurring at that time. This also puts a lot of stress and problems on the shoulders of parents everywhere. Parents in the 21st century have to ensure that they do not enable their adult or teen kids who are abusing drugs and alcohol and rather must apply a tough love approach with their kids.