Dealing With an Alcoholic Parent
Do you have a mother or father that drinks excessively? Has this created tension and turbulence in your relationship? Many children are affected by their parents’ alcoholism, especially at an early age. As we grow up, we realize that blaming our parents for their actions while under the influence is not always the answer. The number one mistake an alcoholic makes is believing that his/her actions don’t affect anyone else. As children of alcoholics, we know that this is furthest from the truth.
The effects of parental alcoholism can often last a lifetime. If you’re committed to helping your mother or father get sober once and for all, then you’re in the right place. While this is often a stressful time, it doesn’t have to be with the help of our guidance and support.
Parental Alcoholism: What to Do?
If you’re dealing with an alcoholic parent as an adult and it’s proven to be difficult, going through it at an early age is even worse. For children of alcoholics, this can have severe emotional consequences. Some of the common characteristics and personality traits of adult children of alcoholics include:
- Fear of losing control
- Fear of emotions and feelings
- Inability to relax and have fun
- Harsh self-criticism and low self-esteem
- Difficulties with intimacy
Not everyone develops these symptoms, and it varies with every individual and the level of your parents’ alcoholism. We recommend attending Adult Children of Alcoholics twelve-step meetings. This is a support group that helps many people overcome past abuse and neglect that results from parental alcoholism.
If you want to get your parents into a treatment program, our addiction specialists have experience in dealing with alcoholism. We work with certified interventionists that can help execute and plan a family intervention successfully so that your parent can safely enter treatment. Once under our care, we offer an evidence-based and solution-focused alcoholism treatment plan that treats the underlying causes of alcohol dependence.
Imagine how healthy and happy your parent will be after sobering up and learning to control the triggers and impulses and lead us to abuse alcohol. The first step is to develop a plan of action focused on well-being and long-term sobriety. If you’re ready us to help you in saving your parent’s life from alcoholism, don’t hesitate to reach out.
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