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How does the Problem of Alcoholism can effect Family Relationships?

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Approximately one-sixth of the population meet the diagnostic criteria for alcohol use disorder. This means millions of families suffer the effects of this challenging disease. Alcoholism affects people beyond just the person drinking. Friends, family and other people who are in continuous or daily based interaction with the person who is abusing alcohol are suffering in one way or another. As alcohol abuse progresses, sufferers are likely to withdraw from society at large and may lash out at well-meaning acquaintances who seek to help them come to grips with addiction. Financial problems are likely to arise due to not only the costs of supporting a drug addict but also the loss of productivity and regular work hours due to increased illness, hangovers and other adverse effects.

Family members of alcoholics can experience anxiety, depression and shame related to their loved one’s addiction. Family members may also be the victims of emotional or physical outbursts. A person addicted to alcohol may try to shield their family from the impact of alcohol abuse by distancing themselves. Unfortunately, isolation does little to protect family members from the financial and emotional side effects of alcoholism. Neglect can also have a negative impact on loved ones.

Substance abuse, including alcohol abuse, is one of the leading reasons couples seek counseling, according to the Research Institute on Addictions. Alcohol problems are also associated with lower marital satisfaction, and it’s one of the top reasons for divorce across the world. When both spouses have problems with alcohol, they’re less likely to divorce than when one spouse drinks more heavily than the other (Turning Point Treatment, 2019).

Alcohol addiction can make parents impulsive and unstable. Their parenting skills diminish as the disease progresses. Alcoholics tend to interact with children in inconsistent ways, sending mixed signals to children, according to a 2009 study published in the Industrial Psychiatry Journal. One example of mixed signals may pertain to acceptable alcohol use, increasing the risk of underage drinking (Elkins, 2020).

Children of alcoholic parents tend to have more academic problems than children without alcoholic parents. Divorce and parental anxiety stemming from alcoholism in the family may hamper a child’s emotional functioning and lead to psychological disorders (Alcohol, 2020). Adult children of alcoholics may be impulsive, have trouble forming intimate relationships or be more dishonest than they need to be.

In order to ensure that not only the suffering of the addict has been eliminated but the family and the friends are also not among the sufferers it is important to consult someone who’s expert in the field and ensures that the rehabilitation process is aligned with family relationships and social connections. With Serene Retreat as your Rehabilitation guide, you will find everything while focusing on attention to details and considering the individual issues, concerns and preferences to ensure that the person gets his or her healthy lifestyle back. Serene Retreat is one of the leading Addiction and Mental Health Treatment provider based in Malaysia with its branches locally and abroad. For more information about our treatment programs you can reach us via Call/Whatsapp +60 14-687 2268 or visit our website www.sereneretreat.com.my.

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