Adult Addiction and Reactive Attachment Disorder in Children

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Adult Addiction and Reactive Attachment Disorder in ChildrenThe relationship between a child and its parents is critical to overall mental health and development. It is during the first five years of life that a child learns how to regulate emotions, trust others, be sensitive to others’ needs and develop a healthy self image. Neglect during the first years of life often leads to a condition called reactive attachment disorder (RAD) that can have a severely negative impact on that person’s emotional development and happiness throughout life. The symptoms of this disorder are as follows:

  • Unresponsive to others
  • Emotionally distant
  • Resistant to comfort or care
  • Inhibited
  • Withdrawn

A parent’s addiction to drugs or alcohol will always impact his ability to be fully present, reliable, and connected to a child. Many children of addicts grow up with feelings of insecurity, self-esteem deficiencies, and even trauma. One expression of this disorder, known as disinhibited RAD, causes a young person to form indiscriminate, inappropriate, and risky relationships. If left untreated, individuals suffering from this disorder are significantly more likely to mimic the addictive behavior of their parents.

Successfully Treating Reactive Attachment Disorder

Various types of counseling are used to treat children suffering from reactive attachment disorder. If the condition is identified early enough many children can be spared the most devastating effects RAD afflicted children face later in life. It is crucial, however, that the adult in these children’s lives finds the help he needs in order to stop abusing drugs and alcohol permanently. Several new treatment programs are specially designed to help addicted parents with the following services:

  • Personal counseling
  • Support group meetings
  • Education
  • Coping skill development
  • Medically supervised detox
  • Dual Diagnosis treatment of any underlying or co-occurring disorders

Many parents put off getting help by telling themselves that they don’t have the time or money to get help, or by using their responsibilities as a parent as an excuse. The simple truth is that if you are an addict your number one priority needs to be overcoming that disease before it destroys your children.

Help for Addicted Parents

If you are a parent that is unable to stop using and abusing drugs or alcohol, you need help. Your children depend on you and deserve your best. You don’t want to see your child grow up facing the repercussions of reactive attachment disorder. We are here to help you right now. Call our toll-free helpline any time of night or day for immediate, confidential, and caring help. Our staff members are ready to offer you the following free services the moment you call:

  • Answers to any questions you have about reactive attachment disorder
  • Referrals to the most successful addiction treatment programs for your specific needs
  • Help confirming insurance coverage of treatment costs
  • Access to services for your child or children to help them recover alongside you
  • Referrals to family counseling services

Your substance abuse problem is affecting your kids. Maybe you suffered from reactive attachment disorder due to your parent’s addiction and it’s now time for you to break the cycle in your family. You can do it.