Coping With a Drug Abusing Parent
Lawrence Clayton, Ph.D.
Reading Level: Young Adult
Millions of teens are children of parents addicted to alcohol or other drugs.
Using vivid personal stories and vignettes, author Lawrence Clayton makes the
difficulties faced by teens in such families come alive. Teens are often powerless
to stop a drug-abusing parent from continuing on that destructive path; they can,
however learn to take better care of themselves. Coping with a Drug-Abusing Parentgives
teens practical advice on how to cope initally with their situation, as well as presenting
long-term survival strageties. Clayton first focuses on chemical dependency and shows how
living with an addicted parent affects every aspect of a teen's life. He moves on to
acknowledge and explore feelings common to these teens, such as fear, anger, shame,
an loneliness, to explain how to manage the "unmanageable," and to provide sound advice
on how teens who live with violence in their homes can be safe.