@Adrianna... Wow. Your comment has me just shaking my head. "Unfortunately the parent is more than likely part of the problem." Really??!! When you say things like that, and like "The parents probably did some seriously derogatory things to the child to cause it," you are just being ignorant. As the parent of a son in long-term recovery from heroin addiction, reading your comment makes me sad. I know so many kids who struggle with addiction and come from the best possible homes. Their parents loved them, were kind to them, and encouraged them every single day of their lives. They raised them in a healthy, loving environment. And their children still managed to be afflicted with addiction. My son was diagnosed with severe depression and anxiety disorder at the age of 15, and started self-medicating to try and feel "normal." Should I assume that my wife and I were the cause of his depression, too??? Until you've walked a mile in my shoes, please don't judge me. Or any other parents of children struggling with addiction. You really have no idea what it's like. Al-Anon teaches us that we didn't cause it, we can't control it, and we can't cure it. And they're right. You are certainly entitled to your opinion, @Adrianna. But I am also entitled to disagree.