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 Abuse Among Veterans

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Substance abuse issues among soldiers is unfortunately not uncommon. Traumatic experiences in combat can often catapult a solider into self-medication as a coping mechanism. According to a new report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), alcohol abuse is still the primary reason that veterans turn to a substance abuse treatment program. In 2013, the Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) found that 65.4 percent of veterans who entered a substance abuse treatment program reported alcohol as their primary substance of abuse, while 10.7 perfect reported heroin, and 6.2 percent reported cocaine. This information was collected only from veterans who chose to enter a non-VA facility.

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The 12-Step Options for Drug and Alcohol Treatment

 Alcohol Treatment | LakehouseRecoveryCenter.comAlcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a fellowship of men and women who have lost their control when it comes to drinking and/or drug use. When first beginning their process of sobriety, AA participants find themselves in various types of trouble as a result of their addiction. The benefit of participating in an AA community is that you have people around who have found a way to live a fulfilling and satisfying life without alcohol or drugs. The point of the AA fellowship is to provide guidance and support to others who are seeking the same thing in life.

You become a member of AA when you make that decision for yourself. There are no forms to fill out and no fees to pay. Your only requirement is the decision to stop drinking or using drugs. When you decide to attend an AA meeting in Los Angeles, you’ll find that they are usually pretty lively. They are people who have struggled and survived an addiction and now many attend AA meetings to provide support. Typically, at a meeting, alcoholics talk about what drinking did to their lives, the problems they had to bear, what actions they took to get out from under the destructive pattern of addiction, and how they are living their lives today. Usually meetings, people will feel waves of inspiration and motivation to make better choices for themselves.

How AA Can Help You

Because of the success of AA as a form of drug and alcohol treatment, it has grown to include many options for those who are recovering not only from alcohol addiction, but also from addictions with food, sex, and gambling. The following is a list of AA meetings that address addictions from alcohol to methadone.

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Drug and Alcohol Treatment: Slowly Getting Sober with Stages of Change

Drug and Alcohol Treatment | LakehouseRecoveryCenter.comAlthough the process of ending an addiction, or making any type of major change, can feel chaotic, there is a roadmap for transformation. In 1983, clinician James

Prochaska and others developed a model that outlined six stages of change. It is known in the mental health field as the Trans-Theoretical Model (TTM) and casually as the Stages of Change.

The model incorporated a variety of clinical theories (thus, the name Trans-theoretical) as well as the observations of individuals attempting to create sustainable behavior change.

In fact, the States of Change model is so popular among drug counselors that you might learn about it in your drug and alcohol treatment.  The TTM Model, the Stages of Change, is often used to facilitate freeing  adults from addiction or other unhealthy addictions, such as gambling, shopping or pornography/sex addiction.

The stages and their definitions are listed below. They can be used as a map if you or someone you care for is attempting to make such a transformation, or if these stages are not presented in drug and alcohol treatment.

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