Coping with Alcoholism in the Family

Alcoholism has been around for hundreds of years. In all that time, no one has vound an easy or a particularly effective way to prevent alcoholism. In many cases treatment methods are not  successful. Relapses can take place months or years after treatment and when a person has abstained from alcohol for years.(1)

Alcoholism is a family disorder.  If that sounds like an obvious statement, you’d be surprised how many people do not realize the extent to which alcohol can touch the lives of  friends and family members.

Alcohol can affect not only the life and the health of  the person who imbibes it, but also those who live with and must interact regularly with the drinker. Children of alcoholics and in some cases parents are often afflicted by anxiety, stress and other mental health issues brought about by dealing with the problem drinker.

When you are affected by the alcohol consumption and the subsequent health problems or behavioral issues of another person, very often it requires assistance to cope with those problems effectively.

Classes and self help modules are sometimes effective in assisting you to cope with the drinking habit of a parent or guardian. In addition, reaching out to school counselors may be a way to help you to cope. Get help, don’t try to do it all on your own, even if the help is just a self help class or website.

Being a child is difficult enough without trying to cope on your own without support in situations such as these.

1. http://www.nytimes.com/health/guides/disease/alcoholism/print.html

2. http://kidshealth.org/teen/your_mind/families/coping_alcoholic.html

3. http://www.wikihow.com/Deal-With-an-Alcoholic-Parent

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Latest update: May 20, 2016