According to the National Association for Children of Alcoholics, children who have parents with alcoholism have different life experiences than children who do not. Children in families with alcoholism experience lower levels of family cohesion, intellectual-cultural orientation, active-recreational orientation, and independence. Conflict is also a large factor in families with alcoholism. Seventy-six million Americans – or about 43% of the adult population – have grown up in a family with alcoholism. The risks are high for children because they grow to learn abusive communication patterns and destructive drinking habits.
Alcoholism tends to run in families, and so children of parents with alcoholism are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol as they get older. Live Science notes a study that found that teens with parents who drink even a glass of wine at home are more likely to drink and drive. Thus, it’s important for parents to note the dangers of drinking and driving
Emotional damages children may experience from chaos, instability, inconsistent discipline, arguments, instability of parents’ marriage, disorganization, violence, and more include blaming themselves for their parents’ problems, struggles with self-image and relationships in the future, anxiety/depression, and more. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) states that if a parent with alcoholism has a co-occurring disorder such as depression, risks for the child increase.
If you are struggling with alcoholism, make the decision to seek help today. Alcoholism can have many damaging effects on the family, and seeking treatment means that you will be able to learn more about your addiction and develop better coping skills for life’s challenges. Oftentimes, people rely on alcohol to self-medicate, not realizing that it’s damaging their work, home, and social life.
If you are the son or daughter of a parent with alcoholism, try to stage and intervention to help them understand the severity of their addiction. Refer them to a reputable treatment center and understand that you can only do your best to reach out and help them.
Therapy is a primary component of treatment for rehabilitation from a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. Attending treatment with certified clinicians and counselors is critical for a full recovery. At one of New Vista Behavioral Health’s treatment providers, you are receiving exceptional care, held to a higher standard. Our programs result in better outcomes, ensuring a better recovery. For information call us today: 888-316-3665.