Many in the counseling profession refer to alcoholism as a family disease. This is due to the fact that it affects not one individual’s life, but the lives of an entire family.
One in every five children in America experiences growing up with an alcoholic relative. Don’t let your kids be that one in every five. Stop the affliction right at its source.
Here are ways to help children cope with alcoholism in the family:
• Acknowledging the Problem
The first step is knowing that there is acknowledging the problem. By understanding that drinking is taking over their lives and is straining family relations, they can move towards recovery. This is perhaps the hardest step, as alcoholic individuals often refuse to acknowledge they have a problem.
• Wanting Help
Make it clear that alcohol is affecting the family. It is important to talk to them while they are sober. If they happen to still be under the influence, don’t argue with them. Wait for the proper moment before attempting to talk to them and make them realize how the bottle is taking their loved ones away.
• Breaking the Cycle
Compass Family Counseling asserts that more often than not, alcoholic parents themselves had encounters with alcoholism in their own family. It is important for children to have a clear vision early on to break the cycle and not take up the habit.
• Understanding the Roots
Kids should never blame themselves for their parents’ alcoholism. Most often, alcoholism is a symptom of unresolved problems that may have deep psychological roots. The person, in turn, looks to alcohol as a form of escapism to get away from the problem.
• Getting Help
You can read all the instructions and familiarize yourself with all the concepts, but the bottom line is that the experts will always be more equipped to handle cases than you. Make sure to seek out professional assistance to ensure a safer route with better results.
Alcoholism is a serious affliction that can ruin families and the future of their children. Remember these tips and educate everyone you love to ensure that the cycle of abuse does not continue.