Yet, there are also children that are nothing like their parents. It's true that kids with great childhoods are less prone to drug and alcohol abuse but that doesn't mean it doesn't happen. Sometimes, things happen to children that are outside the parents' control as well. They could be abused or injured or bullied at school. There are many things that come into play that cannot be so easily blamed on parents. Again, everyone has a choice. The person who makes the choice is the person who is responsible for it. I've seen people with horrible childhoods turn out great and people with great childhoods turn out horrible. People are accountable for their own choices and actions, and they need to acknowledge that fact (instead of looking for someone to blame) in order to begin recovery.