Children of the Chemically Dependent Left Behind?

Texas is currently wrestling with new laws to administer drug screening for potential welfare recipients. For many, this just sounds like a grand plan. Presumably for those who feel welfare is a free handout this may come as welcome news; cause for celebration as Texas renews the “good ol'” American way (whatever that is). For those on the other side of the fence, even the slight thought of a child or children going without because of the illness of a parent or parents seems barbaric. You can see the line of demarcation here. But here are some questions: should Texas neglect a child because the addict neglected the child? And what are we to make of the child’s development thereafter? Will the child experience increased risk for unstable and dangerous behavior as a result of more trauma? There must be a middle way here.


About psychwork

Naturalist, Chemical Dependency Counselor, bibliophile, exercise enthusiast, conservative libetarian(?), home educator...I strive to devour the good in this world before the world devours me!
This entry was posted in Healthcare, Substance Abuse. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s