North Richland Hills mom and Urbanology Designs founder, Ginger Curtis, knows heartbreak, abuse and hard times all too well. She shares with us the other side of that—the joys of living creatively and raising a modern family of five.
In the short term, having a parent who is addicted to drugs or alcohol can make a child lose his sense of self. He may be embarrassed to bring friends home. Long term, children with parents who suffer from addiction have an increased incidence of academic problems, mental illness, criminal behavior and early use — and abuse — of the same substances that bind and restrict their parents.