Children of Alcoholics: An Overview
Alcoholism and drug abuse affects the entire family.
Children of alcoholics:
- are at greater risk for alcoholism and other drug abuse when compared to children of nonalcoholics,
- face greater physical and mental health concerns (specifically depression and anxiety) than children of non-alcoholics;
- have greater difficulty in school; and
- have greater difficulty with abstract and conceptual reasoning
Know the Following Signs
Guilt: may feel like they are the reason for parents’ alcohol/drug use
Anxiety: fear of arguments and/or uncertainty creates constant worry and emotional hyper vigilance.
Embarrassment: may feel ashamed of the family “secret” which may cause them to withdraw from others
Confusion: unpredictability in the family life causes uncertainty in other situations
Inability to trust: repeated disappointments and broken promises make it difficult to trust and develop close bonds with others
Anger: may be a result of resentment toward the drinking parent. Most often anger is projected on to innocent people
Depression: feelings of loneliness and helplessness are common
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