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Alcohol and drug addiction happens in the best of families and it hurts

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Describes the problem of alcohol and drug addiction and how it affects families, particularly children. Describes the importance of seeking substance abuse treatment, noting that a family intervention is sometimes needed when the addicted family member is reluctant to seek help. Notes that children of substance abusers have high levels of stress and face increased risk of early substance abuse problems, as well as mental and physical health issues. Describes the importance of support groups, such as Alateen, for children living with alcohol or drug abuse in the family. Includes a list of resources for further information and assistance.