Quitting Alcohol Cold Turkey

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If you’re an alcoholic, you know what it’s like when you don’t have enough alcohol pumping through your veins to ward off the trappings of withdrawal. You might start frantically searching the house for a hidden stash, and curse yourself when every bottle you find is bone dry. Things are starting to get worse, you’re sweating profusely, the shakes are …

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One in Ten Children Grow Up with an Alcoholic Parent

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When children are raised with a parent that abuses alcohol, there are many ramifications that arise as a result. First and foremost, it puts a child at risk for developing an addiction of their own at some point in life. Researchers at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) indicate that approximately 7.5 million American children and teens (18 years and younger) live with a parent who has struggled with alcohol abuse within the last 12 months. This is a total of 10.5% of children and teens across America.

SAMSHA goes on to explain that of these 7.5 million children and teens, 6.1 of them live in a two-parent household while 1.4 of them live in single-parent homes. Of the single parent homes, 1.1 million live with their mother while the remaining live with their father.  Sadly, the single parents, especially women, often have significant obstacles to attending treatment for addiction, if they needed it. First of all, economic circumstances might keep them from getting professional help to treat their illness. If a single parent needed to keep working or if they didn’t know where to house the children while they were in treatment, then it’s likely that person won’t get treatment at all. This can worsen the family relationship, jeopardize the psychological health of the children, and place everyone at risk for getting their needs met. The household might feel chaotic and unsafe for children.

Furthermore, research also indicates that children who were raised in alcoholic families later grow up with issues regarding relationships, self esteem, unhealthy views of themselves and of the world, emotional regulation, and vulnerability to other psychological illnesses, such as depression and anxiety.

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Alcohol Detox Centers in Westlake Village and Los Angeles

Alcohol Detox Centers | LakehouseRecoveryCenter.comIf you’re struggling with the highs and lows of an addiction, finding a large community of those who are struggling with the same challenges can be incredibly supportive. And if that’s what you’re yearning for, even if you’re living on the East Coast, you may want to consider making a cross-country move. The sober living community in Los Angeles and its surrounding areas is extensive.

One area you may want to consider is Westlake Village. It’s a small but affluent town that borders on the Los Angeles and Ventura county line. Its distance from the city can be nice, allowing for an alcohol detox process that is more private. However, itsproximity to the city provides access the many activities that are provided for the sober living community. For instance, as of October 2012, there were a total of 4,689 meetings in Los Angeles County. Certainly, if anyone were looking for a place to get sober, Los Angeles could be it. The community and its extending arms of support are sure to welcome anyone in who is at the start of their journey.

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Plus, of those 4,689 meetings, 1,388 of them are Spanish speaking. And because Los Angeles is such a diverse city, the Alcoholics Anonymous community has spread to include those that speak other languages. You’ll find meetings held in Armenian, Farsi, French, Korean, and Russian.

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Addiction Help: Knowing the Traits of Adult Children of Alcoholics – Part One

Addiction | LakehouseRecoveryCenter.comExperts in the field of psychology have studied the character traits of those who’ve undergone drug addiction treatment and/or who have struggled with addiction in their lives. For instance, in 1983, Dr. Janet Woititz wrote a groundbreaking book titled, Adult Children of Alcoholics. The book outlines the characteristics of adults who were raised in homes in which there was at least one form of compulsive behavior. This could be an addiction to alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex, or eating.

The articles in this two part series outlines these character traits. However, it should be noted that these traits may exist even if there is no overt addiction in the home. For instance, there might intense levels of shame in members of the family or repressed anger or where one or both parents exhibited controlling behavior. In fact, since the publication of her book, Woititz acknowledges that there are various dysfunctional family backgrounds that possess the traits similar to those of an alcoholic family.

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