Posts tagged with ‘children’
Children are affected by addiction in many ways, either directly (when a child’s mother abuses drugs or alcohol when pregnant, which can result in physical and cognitive defects) or indirectly (when a family members suffers from addiction).
Even though alcohol consumption during pregnancy has the potential to cause lifelong disabilities and developmental problems in children, 10% of women in the U.S. still drink while pregnant. For scientists, it has been difficult to predict which characteristics in mothers are more likely to lead to the presence or severity of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) in their children if they choose to drink during their pregnancies, other than their pattern of alcohol consumption. Now, a new study by researchers at Detroit’s Wayne State University and their affiliates has revealed one specific characteristic—maternal age—compounds the propensity of FASD in children born to alcoholic mothers. Older women who engage in alcohol use during pregnancy have a greater risk of FASD births than their younger counterparts.
Dealing with memories of childhood abuse or neglect is generally considered the root of many individuals’ mental conditions or mood problems during adulthood. Yet a new study shows that not just memories of childhood maltreatment, but the maltreatment itself can influence the likelihood of behavioral disorders in later life.
According to a study by Idaho State University’s psychology department, childhood sleep deficiency can lead to drug and alcohol abuse among young adults.
A story from The Scotsman newspaper in Scotland reports that a new study from the Scottish Drug Misuse Database paints a grim picture of life as a drug addict in Scotland. Particularly disturbing was a growing trend of drug use in young children under the age of 14.
A new study on the effects of methamphetamine on unborn babies conducted at the University of California Los Angeles has found that the drug is even more damaging to a fetus than Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
It is clear that children are affected by their parents’ choices when it comes to alcohol abuse problems. Neglect, abuse and fetal alcohol syndrome are all effects immediately felt by the children of alcoholic parents.
With the growing problem of substance abuse among adolescents, it’s important for parents to be equipped with the necessary tools to communicate with their children about the dangers of abusing alcohol and other substances.
At the Women’s Treatment Center, a residential rehab facility in Chicago, women are taught to overcome their addiction and become better mothers to their children.
A new study found that stressful childhood experiences, such as verbal and physical abuse, can take years off an individual’s life.
Programs put in place to keep children away from alcohol are an important tool in the fight against substance abuse. According to recent research, the age at which a person takes a first drink could influence genes linked to alcoholism. As a result, the youngest drinkers are the most susceptible to severe problems.