Drug Addiction


Information About Drug Addicted Children

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Drug addicted children has been a growing problem since the 1980s. In fact, research proves that the number of children born to drug addicts has doubled since 2003. No one wants to think of children who are addicted to drugs because of their parents, but it is a growing problem that needs to be addressed now. Parents need to start taking responsibility for their actions and start protecting their children. Children who are born to drug addicted parents are at least 40 to 50% more likely to become addicted to drugs even if just one of the parents is a drug addict. The sad truth is that this affects your children mentally and they are not able to properly grow and develop like a child who has had no contact with drugs. These children can suffer from seizures, panic attacks, psychosis and much more.

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A child’s brain is not fully developed until around the age of 21 so you can almost imagine what type of damage drugs can do to a child’s brain which is not fully developed. We all have seen what happens to adults who abuse drugs. They go through all sorts of terrible things, whether it is physically, emotionally, or mentally. With something as fragile as a child, it is much worse for them. There are pregnant women who use drugs thinking that their children will not suffer from their actions but this is so not true. Children born to mothers who use drugs during their pregnancy are born addicted. For drug addicts, it is not easy to just up and quit abusing drugs even if you do become pregnant. This is understandable but the smart thing to do if you know you have an addiction that you can not kick on your own, is to get help.

Children born to drug addicts are often kept in the hospital for longer periods of time after birth and can sometimes develop problems that will last for the rest of their life, all because of the choices of the mom. They can display a variety of symptoms making them extremely hard to care for, which is why so many end up in orphanages. Once children are taken from the drug addicted parent, they are usually put into homes where there is a better environment for the child, but often foster parents hesitate to take on drug addicted babies. It really takes a lot of patience and extreme care to care for a drug addicted child. Some symptoms a child might display consists of disturbed sleep patterns, easily startled, hyperactive, irritable, easily woken, rapid heartbeat, delayed social skills, behavior problems, and much more.

These children often find it hard to bond with people including parents, and they may have trust issues growing up. Why allow our children to suffer through this type of trauma when you can do something about it. If you are a recovering addict who gave birth to a drug addicted child, the best thing to do is seek all the advice you can get to stay on the right track. Talk to other mothers who are going through the same thing, attend meetings to help you stay clear of drugs now that you have a child to think of. Try building a support team. This team should only be made up of positive people who don’t use drugs. These people should be close to you and dependable. If you build a strong support team, these people will help you stay in line and be there for you when it gets rough. There is help. All you need to do is ask!

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  • Kim and John Cooney

    We’d like more info. on drug addicted children born to drug addicted mothers. Our son is an adolescent now and we’re finding he is having anger problems. He is on Concerta medication for focusing but it’s time we found out about the anger in him. We did adopt him through the county, but we don’t know if they know much about what’s happening with any research currently going on in this area. Thank you very much.

  • http://www.spiritualriver.com/information-about-drug-addicted-children/ Pamela Joan

    I am a studen doing her placement. I had a client contact me today regarding her foster child who is 6years old and was born addicted. The child spent the first six weeks on methadone, and is now drug free. The child is showing high activity levels and is incurring speak problems. I have looked through the internet and have not been able to source any information for the client, of services available for her to assist her foster child. The client want to do the best for her foster child.

  • Melynda Hancock

    We adopted a son at age 6 who is now 9. He has some issues but gets better over time. He is “different” but he is a loving boy. He has serious ADHD, very active, but has many great qualities. We adopted our daughter through social services and she came to us straight from the hospital. She was premature and tested positive for street drugs. She is a very average 4-year-old and shows no signs of addiction but she has a little bit of a speech impediment, though the whole family understands her and she is very smart and sweet. We want to adopt another special baby. We live in VA and can travel. We are certified foster parents and do not yet have an updated adoption home-study as ours is outdated. If anyone who visits this sites knows of a baby born with any special needs including drug exposure or addiction, we would love to add another child to our family. Thank you and God bless. We hope the best for all those seeking answers and trying to better the lives of their precious children. 804-937-7901

  • doreen reedy

    Please some info on helping these children born addicted to drugs and behavioral issues

  • Scooby

    I adopted my amazing daughter when she was 3. Now she is 12. Her birth mothers drug of choice was meth-amphetamines. She developed epilepsy at 7. She is awesome and she rocks my world. She currently gets hypnotherapy monthly, loves massages, gets chiropractic treatment and is on a gluten free diet.