The Family Disease: The Effects of Substance Abuse on Children: Background information when reading Dog Flowers

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Dog Flowers

by Danielle Geller

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The Family Disease: The Effects of Substance Abuse on Children

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Danielle Geller's memoir Dog Flowers portrays how both of her parents struggled with substance abuse. Her mother, Tweety, drank heavily, stopped cold turkey and suffered seizures. Her father, Michael, had a long history of drug use, psychotic episodes and violence. National Surveys on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) data estimates that 8.7 million children aged 17 years or younger in the United States — about 12.3% of children in the country overall — are living with at least one parent with a substance abuse disorder. About 10.5% live with a parent with an alcohol abuse disorder and about 2.9% live with a parent with an illicit drug use disorder.

Addiction is often called a "family disease" because of the collateral damage. It is not just those who abuse alcohol and drugs who suffer, but everyone in their immediate orbit. Because parents with addictions are often unable to establish routines, set boundaries, be emotionally and physically available, or resist negative ...

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