Generations of Addiction

As we learn more about the causes of addiction, we see trends across generations who pass on substance abuse patterns to their children. Children of alcoholics (COAs) are a widely studied group for their increased risk factors and susceptibility to developing an addiction. While their predisposition to becoming an addict may be higher, the outcome of addiction is not inevitable. Those cycles can be broken through increasing protective factors and strengthening the resources available to youth. The following infographic examines addiction’s impact on families.

Generations of addiction


Are you seeing signs of substance abuse in one of your family members? Learn about the science behind addiction to better understand what happens in an addict’s mind.

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