Children impacted by parental addiction need to know that they, too,

can heal.

If you are somone you love is in immediate physical danger, please call the distress centre closest to you, or 911. 

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Parental addiction

can feel very lonely.

Addiction facts
I am a child impated by my parent's addiction
My addiction is impacting my children

YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

 

IN CANADA, APPROXIMATELY 18% OF CHILDREN ARE IMPACTED BY A PARENT'S SUBSTANCE USE, SO IF THE STATISTICS ARE TRUE, THEN WE CAN EASILY SAY THAT WE ARE NOT ALONE. BUT WE GET IT. IF YOU ARE LIKE US AND HAVE HEARD THIS BEFORE (AND ROLL YOUR EYES EVERY TIME YOU HEAR IT!), YOU MIGHT BE THINKING "IF IT'S TRUE, THEN WHY DO WE FEEL SO ALONE?"

 

DESPITE ALL THE "MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS DAYS", THERE IS STILL SILENCE AND STIGMA AROUND ADDICTION. SO WE KNOW IT CAN BE HARD TO TALK ABOUT, AND TO REACH OUT FOR HELP.

 

BUT WE WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT IT IS OUR HEARTS WORK TO CHANGE THIS. YOU ARE NOT ALONE, AND WE WILL HUSTLE TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU DO NOT FEEL ALONE.

 

WE ARE SO GLAD YOU ARE HERE.

YOUR PARENTS ADDICTION IS NOT YOUR FAULT

Your parent's might make you feel that you are the cause of their drug or alcohol use, but this is NOT true. 

YOU might tell yourself that it is your fault, this is also NOT true. We are here to remind you of your worth, and that it gets easier. 

YOU WERE NEVER MEANT TO CARRY ALL OF THIS ON YOUR OWN!

Your parent's might make you feel that you are the cause of their drug or alcohol use, but this is NOT true. 

YOU might tell yourself that it is your fault, this is also NOT true. We are here to remind you of your worth, and that it gets easier. 

18% of children in Canada live with a parent with an addiction.

living with a parent with an addiction is an adverse childhood experience, and increases the risk of other ACEs such as emotional abuse, neglect, and domestic violence

living with a parent with an addiction is an adverse childhood experience, and increases the risk of other ACEs such as emotional abuse, neglect, and domestic violence

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Do I have an overactive stress response:

Plan:

  • scared, ashamed, angry, and sad. 

  • Grief: grieve your lost childhood, and the parents you wish you had.

  • Responsible for my parent's mood and behaviour.

WAYS MY PARENT'S ADDICTION MAKES ME FEEL:

  • My parent's addiction is NOT my fault (even if they tell me they are using because of me)

  • My EMOTIONAL needs are important (even if my parent's make me feel like they are not)