The completion of Ashley Judd”s memoir is the final one for the Judd Family. Mother Naomi and sister Wynonna had already released the story of their own life from their own perspective. Although the primary story is of suffering in the world and her journey to become a human rights activist, her personal experience should not be ignored.
Looking from the outside into the life of one who has achieved celebrity, it may be difficult to imagine any worries. Fame and even fortune can be just as isolating for the celebrity as being poor and abused. Even professionals may hesitate to help someone with status for fear of a negative personal impact. Children of the wealthy and accomplished living in environments where substance use is present are subject to the same harms as other children. Some of these men and women use their experiences and financial resources for human benefit. Others repeat the cycle of abuse and addiction observed in their own childhoods. The stories of the Arquette family, Charlie Sheen, and Makenzie Phillips tell stories of drug fueled abuse and destruction, the needs of children remain overlooked. There are likely many others that have been overlooked and remain invisible to most of us.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Please take time to consider the experiences of children living in drug homes. Perhaps this experience is one painfully familiar. Perhaps it is one impossible to imagine. The children do exist and there is hope for their safety and protection. These homes are upper middle class, middle class, and the most impoverished that exists.
Signs of substance use include:
•Erratic behavior of adults.
•Neglect of children, forgetting to pick them up, or failing to meet their needs.
•Depressed, withdrawn affect of children.
•Lack of parental involvement in children”s activities.
•Traffic in and out of home all hours of day and night.
•Not allowing others inside the home.
•Restricting activities and friendships of children.
•Children associating predominantly with adults rather than children.
Please report child abuse to: 1-800-CHILDREN, you will be calling Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky
Also consider purchasing a Healing Hearts t-shirt (available in the NDEC-TAC.ORG Online store) to increase awareness and to show your support for the needs of children living in drug homes. All proceeds go to provide services to child victims of drug related crime and to train those who will rescue them.
Holly Dye, Executive Director
National Drug Endangered Children Training and Advocacy Center, Incorporated HQ Lexington, KY~ Regional Sites-Oklahoma City, OK and Oroville, CA
E-mail: [email protected]