Why R.A.D. helps.
Substance abuse is a major public health concern that impacts not just the user but also the user’s family. The effect that parental substance abuse has on children has been given substantial attention over the years. It has been found that children of substance-abusing parents have a high risk of developing physical, mental health and behavioral problems. These physical, mental and behavioral problems have an effect on their education, increased risk of criminal activity. This hinders the opportunities they have going into adulthood. These children and teens miss out on key developmental experiences and structures that promote social development, positive activities, motivation, communication, and the ability to set goals. Often these children don’t have the bond with a parent, causing depression, stress, loneliness, lack of self- esteem and a lack of self-confidence.