The link between neglect and substance abuse in children
There is evidence to suggest that children who experience neglect are more likely to develop substance abuse problems later in life.
Neglect can cause a range of emotional and psychological problems in children, including low self-esteem, depression, and anxiety, which may lead them to turn to substance abuse as a way to cope with these emotions.
Additionally, children who are neglected may have difficulty forming healthy relationships and may seek out the acceptance and approval of their peers through substance abuse.
Finally, children who are neglected may be more likely to come into contact with individuals who use drugs and alcohol, increasing their risk of substance abuse.
It is important for parents and caregivers to provide a nurturing and supportive environment for children to help protect them from the negative consequences of neglect and reduce their risk of substance abuse.