Are you worried about your relationship to alcohol?
October 24, 2018 · Posted in Parenting · Permalink

by Daniel Factor at The Recovery Village

https://www.therecoveryvillage.com

If you are concerned that you or your spouse are using alcohol to deal with stress, numb anxiety or depression, you owe it to yourself and your child to seek help. Growing up in a home where alcohol is misused or abused will have a long-lasting negative effect on your child. But you have the power to get help so you can become the best parent possible.

Seeking treatment for your problem is in your child’s best interest. Here are some of the well-documented effects of growing up with an alcoholic parent.

  1. Intense feelings of anger. This anger may be directed at the parents, and even more importantly, at themselves.
  2. Feelings of depression. Sadness and isolation are a common response to growing up in an alcoholic home.
  3. Feeling guilty. It’s common for a child to feel they are to blame. This feeling of guilt can stay with a child into adulthood, even though they have no reason to feel guilty.
  4. Intense feelings of anxiety. Living with an alcoholic parent is like walking on eggshells. Living with this kid of fear causes intense anxiety for a child.
  5. Feelings of shame. A child will usually try to hide that their parent drinks too much. This secretiveness and shame isolates children from their peers.
  6. Feeling constantly confused. Our moods often change dramatically when we drink. Many adult children of alcoholics report never knowing what to expect from their parent. Consistency in caregiving is essential to a child’s wellbeing.
  7. Developing a substance abuse problem. Modeling moderation is an important part of raising teenagers. If you’re not walking the walk, the message your teens will get is that it’s okay to use drugs or alcohol.

Getting the Help You Need Helps Your Child

You have the power to shape your child’s life. Take a moment and consider what your actions mean for your child. If you seek help, you will live a better life, and in turn so will your child.

 

 

 

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