Family child abuse

6 Common Roles Families Fill When Addiction Is Present

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According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Survey on Drug Use and Health, published in 2017, 8.7 million children live with parents who have a substance use disorder.

So, what is addiction? As a society, we throw around the word “addiction” in everyday language: I’m addicted to the Mochas at Starbucks.

I’m addicted to that nail polish. I’m addicted to that new reality show. “Psychology Today” defines addiction as a condition in which a person engages in the use of a substance or in a behavior for which the rewarding effects provide a compelling incentive to repeatedly pursue the behavior despite detrimental consequences.

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