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How Your Alcoholism Affects Your Parenting

Children raised in alcoholic households are more likely to suffer from health issues and other problems not encountered in a non-alcoholic family.

A new study completed by SAMHSA (the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) has discovered that children raised in a household in which one or both parents is an alcoholic are more likely to suffer from mental health issues, depression, anxiety, learning disabilities and other intrapersonal skills.

Children in alcoholic households are also four times more likely to become alcoholics themselves, an issue which can become a problem in countless future generations as the children continue to mimic the parental alcohol abuse and pass the behavior down to their own children.

Additionally, alcoholic households are more likely to have higher rates of abuse within the home, including sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse and neglect. More studies need to be completed to determine an exact rate of increased abuse in alcoholic households, but many previous studies have indicated at least a slight rise in abuse/neglect.

With 10% of the nation’s children living in alcoholic households, it seems clear that many parents could benefit from the assistance of an alcohol treatment center. Centers such as Vista Taos Renewal Center in New Mexico can assist parents in recovering from alcoholism. Family centered counseling is also available to help treat not only the addict, but to help the entire family heal from the wounds of addiction.

Hopefully, attending an alcohol treatment center can help parents break the cycle of alcohol abuse that  plague their family and help them to better address their children’s needs. If you or a loved one needs the assistance of an alcohol treatment center, please call New Mexico addiction treatment center: Vista Taos Renewal Center to learn about the rehab options for you and your loved ones.

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