4 Ways to Arm Your Children Against Addiction

4 Ways to Arm Your Children Against Addiction

I’m not qualified to write this article. I’m not a recovering addict or an addiction specialist. I’ve witnessed the demons of addiction but I’ve never experienced them myself. I’ve never smoked a single cigarette or felt the high of an illegal drug in my body.

Success Story

What I am is an anti-addiction success story. Not because I am a good suburban white girl who “just said no,” but because drugs and alcohol were the catalysts that led to my most painful childhood and adult memories. The single greatest deterrent to the road to addiction is hearing, seeing, or experiencing the negative effects of drugs and alcohol.

I was a zealous little crusader in elementary school. I grew up during the war on drugs and had a “just say no” pin on my jean jacket. My teachers likely thought my intensity was fueled by my perfectionism and desire for praise. They didn’t know that by fifth grade I already had flashbacks and mental battle wounds. I only needed to recall the time I thought my dad was going to kill my mom to be disgusted by the way people smell, talk, and act when they are intoxicated.

I found out later, during my dad’s testimony at church, that when I was young he sold cocaine, among other drugs, out of our tiny house. As early as four years old, I remember not wanting my dad’s friends to come over and fill our house with smoke. To me, they were yucky. I didn’t like it when they talked to me or tried to play with me. Even then, I knew something about them was not right… read more.

This article was published by adoption.com.

10 Reasons You Could Be a Foster Parent

10 Reasons You Could Be a Foster Parent
It’s easy to come up with reasons you COULDN’T be a foster parent . . . but what about reasons you COULD?

You Are Needed

There are approximately 415,000 children in foster care in the United States at any given time, and nearly 100,000 of them are available for adoption. Individuals and families are always needed to provide the love, stability, and support children in crisis desperately need.

You Love Children

Love can’t take away or fix the hurt kids in foster care have experienced but it sure does help. All children need and deserve unconditional love. Loving children and wanting to see them flourish is the first prerequisite for anyone considering becoming a foster parent.

You Are Stable

Children in foster care have been uprooted from their homes and families. A foster parent should be financially, physically, mentally, and emotionally stable before taking on the needs of a child who has experienced trauma… read more.

This article was published by adoption.com.