Parents who are abused by their drug or alcohol dependent
children are missing out on support because of the "double stigma"
of addiction and abuse, according to a government-funded
The study, carried out by the charities Adfam and Against
Violence and Abuse, is based on interviews with 88 victims of
The report found many parents failed to seek help because they
were ashamed to admit that they were suffering at the hands of a
son or daughter with an alcohol or drug dependency.
When they did seek help "many parents reported a dismissive and
judgmental response from professionals, friends and members of the
community," the report warned.
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