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One in four children lives in a family environment where alcohol abuse or alcoholism negatively affects their world and their healthy development. Countless others are also hurt by parental drug abuse. There is growing evidence that living in such families during the crucial developmental years can create lifetime mental and physical health consequences, as well as confusion and fear in the present. All health care professionals who see children have a wide array of opportunities to identify and offer support.

The Health and Social Impact of Growing Up With Alcohol Abuse and Related Adverse Childhood Experiences: The Human and Economic Costs of the Status Quo.
>Recognizing the interrelationship of growing up in a family with addiction and other serious adverse childhood experiences that create chronic emotional stress for developing children, NACoA is pleased to make available the paper prepared as a handout to accompany Dr. Anda’s Children’s Forum presentation, The Health and Social Impact of Growing Up With Alcohol Abuse and Related Adverse Childhood Experiences: The Human and Economic Costs of the Status Quo.

Contemporary PEDIATRICS, a magazine that provides “practical information for today’s pediatricians,” had as its December 2004 cover story a five-page article written by NACoA, “Help for Children in Families Hurt by Substance Abuse.” The article offers tools and simple strategies for primary health providers to ask children in their care if anyone in their family drinks too much or uses drugs that causes them to worry and it gives easy and quick ways for the provider to respond and help.

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