If you are a parent who struggles with addiction to drugs or alcohol, your parenting has likely been adversely affected by your substance abuse. In fact, uncontrolled addiction is one of the primary reasons kids get taken from the custody of their parents.
This should not be new news to you, but you may have put off dealing with such an unpleasant subject. The problem is that the law views children in the custody of impaired parents as "at risk." Mandatory reporting from health care professionals, educators or law enforcement could result in your children being taken away from you and placed in another's care.