Psychosocial Impact of Drug Abusers on their Children
By Riffat Sadiq
Addiction to drugs burns every thing like a fire. Wealth, family and every aspect of life is deteriorated. In family, parents, spouses and children of drug abusers are severely affected. Though, children are fully dependent on their parents and caregivers, therefore, they are at great risk of psychosocial problems.
Children expect all of their needs to be gratified by their parents. When they see their parents, a source of satisfaction for them, involved in unhealthy and useless activities, they become insecure and frustrated. When their physiological and affectional needs are not satisfied, they do not grow emotionally. Finally, they develop psychological problems. Dr. Uzmat Ali (2003) has empirically proved that adult children of substance abuser fathers suffer from depression, psychasthenia, paranoia, hypomania, psychopathic personality disorder and aggression.
Due to drug abuse problems in parents, they also have to face economic and social problems. They receive rejection from society, feel deprived of basic amenities, and could not get benefit from health and educational facilities. There are number of children who are compelled to work to run their home at the cost of sacrificing their academic career. They are working in factories, polishing shoes, selling newspaper. Some of them are involved in begging, stealing and other minor crimes.
The most dangerous impact on these innocent children is seen in the form of their interest in using drugs like their parents. Many children started taking drugs after observing their parents. They are using all kinds of drugs. Just for drugs and money, some of them are being used as sex worker. These children also found to be giving drugs to others children and sexually abuse them.
Parent must realize that their each action, way of life affect their children. Parents are like an umbrella for their children.
Dear Parents: Please realize your duty assigned to you by the nature