All too often, addict-mothers were themselves born to addicted-mothers.
Eighty percent of states now report that parental abuse of alcohol or drugs is one of the most common factors for child maltreatment, neglect & abuse. Children living in these families frequently suffer serious emotional and behavior problems. This often stems from the erratic and abusive parenting behavior that accompanies substance abuse.
There is much research evidence which shows the brain function of the fetus is often impaired when mothers abuse drugs while pregnant. After drug-exposed babies go through the withdrawal process, they appear to develop normally. However it is common for learning disabilities to become evident in the first few years of school.
A former Indiana governor has stated that they calculate the number of prison cells which will be needed in the future based, in part, on the number of children who flunk third grade. It’s amazing how those whose brains went to sleep as a result of in utero drug exposure are prone to become part of the future prison population in Indiana.
He has anointed us to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent us to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom to the captives, and release from darkness the prisoners.