“…the relationships between childhood psychosocial adversities and risks of chronic disease onset in adulthood deserve increased attention in prospective and records-based retrospective risk factor studies for conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, and for chronic pain in general.”
Dr. Michael Von Korff, ScD, from Group Health Research Institute in Seattle, Washington
Addiction’s Effects are Generational
This study only further highlights the stress related damage caused by a parent’s addiction. It is known by clinicians working with chronic pain that the patient history includes being the eldest child from an alcoholic family. The eldest is the one who often carries the emotional stress of the family, begins working at a young age and has experienced childhood physical and or sexual abuse.
Children of alcoholics or addicts (COA) are:
- 4X more likely to become alcoholics
- 3X more likely to MARRY an alcoholic
- 3X more likely to be sexually, physically, emotionally, or mentally abused
The above difficulties faced by children of addicted parents were expected, but what is surprising to researchers is how the physical health of those children can be affected in later life.
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