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Study: Children of Mothers Who Misuse Alcohol Are More Likely to Face Prison

The Research Society on Alcoholism recently conducted a study of the link between mothers who misused alcohol and their children’s likelihood of engaging in criminal activity later in life.

Most people are aware of the ways alcohol abuse contributes to crime rates, including DUI accidents, interpersonal violence and domestic abuse. However, parents with alcohol-related disorders can have many more negative influences on their children, including propelling them into early contact with the criminal justice system.

The study of nearly 60,000 mothers concluded that children of mothers with alcohol-related disorders were nearly twice as likely to face the justice system as children of mothers with no alcohol-related disorders. At Addiction Treatment Services, we want everyone to realize that seeking treatment for yourself or your struggling loved one sooner rather than later can help prevent contributing to this trend.

How Alcohol Abuse Affects Kids

Children of parents with alcohol-related disorders often suffer in numerous ways due to their parents’ behavior. This can include direct abuse from parents, neglect, financial ruin, trauma and psychological disorders later in life.

Children caught in these situations often don’t have much choice in the matter, nor do they typically have the capacity to seek help on their own behalf. The various possibilities all trend toward these children growing up with a higher likelihood of giving in to risky behavior.

Here are a few of the ways parental alcoholism contributes to this crisis:

Domestic Abuse

Children often suffer physical abuse from alcoholic parents. Alcohol significantly impairs judgment and increases emotional volatility. Advanced alcohol-related disorders can cause parents to lose touch with reality.

Physical abuse early in life often causes children to develop unhealthy attachments to, or interpretations of, violence. Children with abusive parents often grow up to have difficulties in other relationships as well.

Neglect and Financial Ruin

Parents with advanced alcohol-related disorders regularly fail to complete daily household tasks or other mundane but essential actions, such as cleaning clothes and preparing food. In some cases, parents neglect obligations such as getting to work and paying bills on time, leaving their children with little choice but to endure the consequences.

In these situations, children may go extended periods without clean clothes, utilities, decent food or other necessities. Over time, financial burdens can lead to homelessness, disease and other negative health effects.

How Kids Interpret Their World

Children of parents with alcohol-related disorders often consider their surroundings normal, because they don’t understand the severity of the situation. Kids in these situations aren’t likely to seek help because they simply grow accustomed to their environment.

Not only are they unlikely to seek help for their parents’ alcohol-related issues, but the abuse and neglect they endure becomes normalized. Children who grow up in these conditions are more likely to develop antisocial tendencies and engage in risky behavior.

Seek Treatment with Addiction Treatment Services’ Help

If you or someone close to you is struggling with alcohol abuse, it’s imperative to seek treatment as soon as possible. If children are involved, the need is even greater. Kids who grow up exposed to substance abuse are more likely to engage in it themselves, and this is just one possible avenue of exposure to the justice system.

At Addiction Treatment Services, we understand the dramatic effects alcohol-related issues have on families, especially children. Your children are more than statistics. Help prevent your kids from making dangerous choices by seeking professional guidance in your search for alcohol treatment now.

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Alcohol Awareness Month: Battling Addiction And Regaining Control

Dad & Son-Alcohol Awareness Month-Battling Alcohol Addiction It’s rare to find someone whose life hasn’t been affected by alcoholism in one way or another. Whether it’s a spouse, sibling, friend or coworker, most people have been impacted by the world’s most commonly-used addictive substance.

Alcohol Abuse Affects So Many Of Us

Did you know that one out of 12 Americans suffers from some form of alcohol abuse? That’s over 17 million people in the United States alone. Statistics indicate that half of all adults in the United States have a family history of alcoholism, and over 7 million children are growing up in homes where alcoholism is present.

When you consider the far reaching, societal ramifications of the family disease of alcoholism, it’s no wonder that Alcohol Awareness Month has grown significantly since it was founded in 1987 by the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence (NCADD.)

Originally created to help reduce the shame and stigma associated with alcoholism, the NCADD encourages communities to inform and educate the public about the chronic and progressive nature of the disease of alcoholism and to carry the message of hope and recovery. Millions of Americans are living sober lives in recovery and loving life free from the chains of addiction.

Battling Alcohol Addiction And Regaining Control

The problem of alcoholism is that it often sneaks up on individuals. What begins as a drink or two at parties can quickly turn into a daily habit that involves consuming more and more. Over time, the impact can be extensive – from damaged relationships and difficulties at work to health issues and even serious legal problems. Unfortunately, the grip of addiction is strong, and few are actually able to overcome alcohol abuse and addiction without help.

For those who are in denial, a professional intervention is often the first step in the journey of recovery. This is when loved ones, friends and even colleagues can help the individual better understand the ramifications of their problem. Often this is enough to get the wheels turning that lead to treatment and recovery.

Getting Professional Treatment For Alcoholism

Holding Hands-Professional Treatment For Alcoholism

Help is available. Whether you or a loved one needs assistance with an alcohol problem, this fact is very important. No one has to battle alcoholism alone. Customized alcohol addiction treatment services offer a chance for a lasting recovery. By addressing an individual’s unique needs, causes of addiction and triggers, this form of treatment offers support and care that is greatly beneficial.

Make Alcohol Awareness Month the month that you make a real difference in your life or that of someone else that is struggling with alcohol. It is literally the gift of life!

Call us now to learn more about a professional intervention or customized addiction treatment services.

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Children of Alcoholics and Drug Addicts – Breaking the Cycle

parent Addiction treatment professionals have long cautioned parents and children that addiction is a disease and can be passed down to other family members. The extent to which substance abuse dependency can affect offspring has always been in question, as there are learned behaviors as well as genetic factors that formulate the risk of the pattern repeating with a new generation.

Research suggests that children who are born to a family with one immediate relative that suffers from a drug or alcohol problem are eight times more likely to develop a similar problem later on life. This compelling information points to a greater need for education and prevention, including being able to identify and address other risk factors that could act as triggers.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 12% of U.S. children live in a household where one or person is an addict. Further data shows that there are at least 28 million Americans who are children of alcoholics.

“This doesn’t mean it’s certain that a child of addicted parents will become addicted. But, what the studies do show is that since addiction has a genetic component, children of addicted parents are predisposed to the disease – just as they would be if their parent had heart disease or diabetes,” explained David Bohl, a program operator in Illinois.

However, unlike many other hereditary diseases, children have a much greater chance of avoiding substance abuse issues for themselves. If they are aware that these problems exist within their family they have the ability to break the chain through conscious effort. Understanding how binge drinking and drug experimentation can lead to abuse is an important part of breaking that chain.

For people who do get caught up in repeating the cycle, there is help available. Contact Addiction Treatment Services for information about effective rehabilitation programs and intervention services today.

Observing Alcohol Awareness Month in April

Held every April, Alcohol Awareness Month was founded by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) to spread awareness and end the stigma associated with alcoholism that sometimes prevents individuals and their families from seeking help.

The theme of this, the 27th NCADD Alcohol Awareness Month, is “Help for Today. Hope for Tomorrow.” According to the NCADD, this year’s theme is intended to “draw attention to the pervasive impact that alcohol, alcohol-related problems and alcoholism have on young people, their friends, on families and in our communities.”

In the spirit of the NCADD’s goal of awareness and education, here are some facts you may not know about alcoholism:

– The economic cost of alcoholism and alcohol abuse has recently been estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to be $223.5 billion. That’s $746 per person or about $1.90 per drink.
– 75% of domestic abuse is committed while one or both members are intoxicated and family members utilize health care twice as much as families without alcohol problems.
– Drinking and driving causes 16,000 deaths per year, and thousands more injuries.
– Up to 75% of crimes are committed by people under the influence of alcohol.
– Teens that experiment with alcohol before age 15 are four times more likely to become alcohol dependent when they are older when compared with those who wait until age 20.
– More than 8.5% of Americans suffer from alcohol dependency, and 25% of U.S. children have been exposed to alcohol-use disorders in their family.

Although statistics can sometimes be dull, the fact is that alcoholism is everywhere. It is a disease that changes the way the body functions. By reducing the stigma that obscures our perspective of alcoholism, maybe we can cause a shift that will lead to more treatment and less abuse in the U.S.

Alcohol Awareness Month will be filled with activities on local, state, and national levels. These events are sponsored by local NCADD Affiliates as well as schools, colleges, churches, and community organizations. Click here to find the event near you and here for alcohol intervention help.

Dennis Rodman Checked Into Rehab For Alcoholism

Dennis RodmanFormer NBA star and reality TV regular Dennis Rodman, 52, recently checked himself into a rehabilitation program to deal with his ongoing problem with alcoholism. The treatment admission comes after his trip to North Korea and scrutiny for being extra friendly with Kim Jong Un.

Rodman blew up at a CNN reporter when questioned about an American being held captive in North Korea, then later apologized for his outburst and blamed it on his drinking problem.

According to People magazine, Rodman’s spokesperson Darren Prince said, “He is embarrassed, saddened and remorseful for the anger and hurt his words have caused.”

In addition to an earlier rehab stint back in 2008, Dennis Rodman appeared on a season of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, but he appeared non-compliant and denied having a problem. Apparently, he was there for the exposure and because it was a paying gig. So far three of his cast members that season have passed away.

Hopefully, for his sake, the NBA Hall of Famer will take a look at the bigger picture and make some more positive choices to stick with his recovery this time around. It may take a major overhaul, though, as he recently launched his own brand of vodka.

What to Expect at Your First AA Meeting

Attending an AA Meeting

Millions of Americans have had their lives hijacked by alcohol addiction. Alcoholics Anonymous, or AA for short, has helped many reclaim power over their addiction and turn their lives around. Anyone looking to change their life and get help for their alcoholism will find helpful resources in their local AA chapter.

If you’re unsure if AA is right for you, or you’re thinking about recommending AA to a loved one who is addicted to alcohol, the following material lays out all of the details about how AA works so you can decide if this type of program would be a good fit.

What Is AA?

Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in 1935 by Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith with the intention of providing a safe and supportive environment where those with a drinking problem could talk candidly about their addiction and support one another in taking steps to achieve sobriety.

AA is a nonprofit, volunteer-run organization. It does not provide any sort of detox or treatment services, nor does it try to get people to enter any type of program.

To really benefit from AA, people must come to the meetings with a willingness to acknowledge their drinking problem and have a self-motivated desire to change their situation. Practically speaking, however, many people attend their first AA meeting due to pressure from family or a court order. Some of the people who are coerced into attending end up enjoying the meetings and deciding to continue, but the success rate is much higher for those who attend voluntarily.

The structure of AA meetings is fairly simple: People who struggle with alcohol gather to share their experiences, provide encouragement to one another, and learn about the practical steps to alcoholism recovery using the famous 12 steps.

What Is the AA Big Book?

The “Big Book” is a term commonly used to refer to the Alcoholics Anonymous book that describes the AA philosophy of how to recover from alcoholism, as written by one of AA’s founders: Bill Wilson.

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Who Can Attend AA Meetings?

While no AA chapter charges membership fees or dues, certain policies do vary by location. Some chapters open their meetings up to anyone (including family members), while others hold closed meetings for alcoholics only.

Some AA chapters serve particular demographics of people – a group specifically for men, or for teens only, for example.

Before you go, contact your local AA chapter to find out the details about its policies or restrictions, as well as times and meeting places.

What to Expect in an AA Meeting

Each AA chapter is run by local volunteers, so although each is similar, the experience varies across the board. And each meeting within a chapter can be different since people can share and discuss things can take the conversations in many different directions.

Here are some frequently asked questions people have about what to expect in AA meetings:

‘Do I have to speak in an AA meeting?’

We are all familiar with the “Hello, I am (so and so), and I am an alcoholic” that takes place in AA meetings, thanks to Hollywood’s on-screen AA scenes in films. AA chapter leaders do indeed encourage members to start their meetings in this way because it helps newcomers feel welcome and comfortable. The goal in the meetings is to show support for everyone who is taking steps to get sober.

While all members are encouraged to speak at the meetings, no one is pressured into talking.

‘What should I not say in AA meetings?’

To keep discussions from going off track and to respect each individual’s experiences without judgment, members are encouraged to speak about their own experiences and discouraged from using “crosstalk.”

Crosstalk is responding to what someone else said by sharing your own opinions or giving advice. As much as you may be tempted to weigh in enthusiastically with your two cents, avoid interrupting to give advice. If you experienced a similar situation, you can certainly share your own experience when it’s your turn.

Respect each person’s story as their own, without judgment, and know that you will be given this same courtesy. This is part of the magic of AA meetings.

‘What is discussed in AA meetings?’

During meetings, some chapters choose to read a portion of the Alcoholics Anonymous book, or the group may study the 12 steps in depth.

In some cases, chapters may bring in experts to help the group learn more about certain aspects of recovery or treatment. The agenda is very flexible, depending on what the group leader decides is most needed.

‘How do Alcoholics Anonymous sponsors work?’

The feature of AA that is most well-known is the sponsor program. Sponsors are assigned to each new member to help support newcomers to take on sobriety. Because the founders and leaders of AA firmly stand by a total abstinence policy, the sponsor program is used to bring people together to help each other stay strong when they are tempted to drink.

‘How will I be received in my first AA meeting?’

In your first meeting, don’t be surprised if you are approached by other members with offers of support and encouragement, and even hugs and phone numbers. Some members are a bit alarmed at the enthusiasm of other AA members who want to get to know them. Most of these people are well-meaning and want to support newbies because they remember what it was like to start this process.

However, do listen to your instincts if any interaction feels uncomfortable or inappropriate. Remember that you don’t have to be friends with anyone outside of AA meetings if you don’t want to.

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Understanding AA Meeting Types and Codes

There are two main types of AA meetings:

  • O – Open Meeting – Open to both alcoholics and guests (such as family members), though usually only those who are fighting alcohol addiction will speak.
  • C – Closed Meeting – Attendance is limited to alcoholics only.

There are many other codes that designate the topics that are to be discussed. Here are some of the most common codes, which can be combined with “O” or “C” to designate if it is a closed or open meeting. For example, OBB would indicate an open meeting where the Big Book will be discussed.

  • D – Discussion – A chairperson shares his or her own experience and then leads the group in further discussion.
  • BB – Big Book – Reading and discussion from the Alcoholics Anonymous book.
  • S – Step – The book “Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions” is used to focus on one of the 12 steps.
  • BS – Big Book Step Study – The focus is on some aspect of the 12 steps from the Big Book.

When AA Isn’t Enough

Because the success of AA depends on the participant’s willingness to initiate change is his or her own life, the program can’t really help those who aren’t yet ready to own up to their problem and take corrective action.

Also, many alcoholics need to detox from alcohol dependency first, which requires medically supervised detox in an alcohol and drug rehab facility. Attempting to self-detox can be fatal and is strongly discouraged by medical professionals, but there are plenty of drug and alcohol detoxification and rehabilitation centers to guide a recovering alcoholic through the detox process.

Intervention Help for Families of Alcoholics

For families who want to help a loved one recover from alcohol addiction, the first step may be learning how to stage an intervention for alcohol addiction.

Addiction Treatment Services can assist in pairing you with services for all aspects of addiction intervention and treatment. We can:

  • Connect you with a professional interventionist
  • Help you find the right detox and treatment program for your loved one
  • Assist you in managing the insurance process
  • Help you identify the right aftercare program and connect with local AA chapters

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