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Teaching Our Children

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How has Steven's drug habit affected our family? At first, I said he’ll outgrow it but that never happened. It just seemed to get worse as the years went by. We were a normal family. I worked part-time as a waitress and my husband worked for Southern Pacific Railroad. I was the type of mother that baked cookies and homemade pizza. I guess I wanted to be like those families that we saw on television. I tried to raise my family the exact opposite of how I was raised. When Steven began his drug habit at such a young age my world as I knew it began to collapse. My second husband Mel, adopted my two older boys Ken and Steven. I had Jamie my youngest son with Mel. He tried to be a good father to all of the boys but when it came to Steven neither of us were experienced in dealing with a drug addict. We both made a lot of mistakes. Mel and Steven would fight all the time. As I think back now I get anxiety attacks! Here was a beautiful 12-year-old boy with big blue eyes and blond hair, why did this happen to us!

They say addiction runs in families. I know my father was an alcoholic, he never went a day without a drink. Steven told me one day that he took after his Grandpa. I don't know anymore, all I know is that once Steven's drug use began our life was never the same. How has Stevens drug habit affected my family? The answer is it destroyed our family! There is no easy way out of an addiction, not for the addict or the for the family. The struggle a family goes through to help a loved one who is an addict is never ending. As parents we must educate ourselves in order to teach our children about the dangers of drug use before they begin to experiment for themselves.

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Deanna Adler, mother of legendary rock star and original Guns N' Roses drummer, has first hand experience dealing with the heart ache and struggle that a child's addiction brings to a parent.

Deanna is the author of Sweet Child of Mine: How I Lost My Son To Guns N' Roses that is currently available for pre-order and is set to be released at the end of summer. You can follow Deanna on Facebook and Twitter @Sweetchildbook


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