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Are Children Of Alcoholics Destined To Be Addicted To Something
Can you tell me, are adult children of an alcoholic more prone to become alcoholics then the general public?
Yes: Both because of the potential trauma growing up in an alcoholic household, with all of its stresses and possible abuse/neglect, as well as genetic predisposition. Some physicians strongly caution children of alcoholics to not even begin to drink because of their heightened risks. Even children separated at birth from alcoholic fathers had a fourfold increase in alcoholism later in life. ...Read more
Does anyone know if there are any aa meetings for the children of alcoholics (the kids not being alcoholics)?
Yes: Yes i agree with other answer, al-anon is for any family member or friend affected by someone else's alcoholism, however there is also a specific 12 step group for adult children of alcoholics. If in a big enough city it is actually amazing how many different kinds of 12 step meetings there are. There is also ala-teen and ala-tot for kids and teens. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can you tell me are adult children of an alcoholic more prone to become alcoholics then the general public?
Yes: And for many reasons. Being raised in an alcoholic household can increase stress and anxiety, and promote use of alcohol as a coping strategy in children as they grow older. In addition, there are genetic influences even if the person is not raised in their home of origin. It does not mean that an adult child of an alcoholic is destined to have alcoholism, but does increase the risks, esp. In men. ...Read more
Many: Being harmfully involved with substances causes a broad range of difficulties in a young persons life, including academic difficulties, health-related problems (including mental health), poor peer relationships, and involvement with the juvenile justice system. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What if someone was addicted to something that is harmful to themselves, and if they found out, harmful to their family aswell?
A common issue: I don't fully understand your question, but it's very common for people to be addicted to harmful things and, once they realize it, important to seek treatment. When 1 person in a family is addicted it harms the whole family, but addictions often run in families so many in a family may have the same addictions. Keeping addictions a secret helps no one; it is better to be open about it to get help. ...Read more
Is it selfish to bring more children into this world when there are so many children in need of a loving home?
A good question: My personal view is that it is not. As a human being we like to have children who have the same heritage and genes, i believe this is how we were created. On the other hand, it would be very nice to share a loving home with some children who are deprived of love and care they need to grow up as a wholesome adult. I think we can do both, and it is not mutually exclusive. ...Read more
Some signs...: 1) after using Cocaine regularly for an extended period, dependence (addiction) develops. 2) once addicted, stopping suddenly lead to withdrawal. 3) addicts spend too much $ on habit. 4) might steal from loved ones to support habit. 5) causes time to pass very rapidly. The Cocaine addict will typically end up being out much later than planned. 6) rapidly losing weight without exercising a lot. ...Read more
Infinite: Teens are masters of deception and cover up. Excuses will abound for whatever their parents observe. Usually a sibling or close friend will "rat them out." if your teen has self image problems, spends too much time at the gym, obsesses over foods and recipes, appears too thin, then you should be suspicious. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If someone binge drinks over many years 2 times a week, are they likely to be physically addicted to alcohol or just psychologically addicted?
Both: Your describing someone with alcoholism. This addiction is physical and psychological. Alcohol counseling and rehabilitation is necessary. Could even need an inpatient rehab program. This is not easy. This person would benefit from aa and there are support groups for family members and spouses. My best to you with this endeavor. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How do people get to be born mentally challenged when the parents are not? The parents are normal with no sign of mental problems run in the family.
We are complex: You don't identify the type of mental challenges, but generically: there can be pre-natal damage from various maternal diseases, nutritional deficiencies and injury, chemical harm from medication, toxins, alcohol or substance use - peri-natal injury - the effects of childhood nutrition, environmental pollution, social bullying and traumas. Humans are both resilient & fragile - things can go wrong. ...Read more
It's obvious alcohol and tobacco users greatly increase their risk for developing this cancer, what about those who don't abuse these substances? What do they need to be aware of to prevent this?
Is it possible that children of alcoholics/addicts tend to have more anxiety problems than other children?
Maybe...: Probably not more, just different. You may find the book "an adult child's guide to what's 'normal' " helpful. Also, al-anon, codependents anonymous and other support groups can help. You may also want to seek the help of a therapist who specializes in addiction, codependency and anxiety. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Beyond Diet/Exercise: What are other reasons for obesity, beyond carrying susceptible genes, eating nutrient depleted food and not exercising enough? there's more to the picture. even if you're doing all these things "right" you can still struggle with your weight. http://www.getrealforkids.com/resources/real-health/obesity/2496-about-obesity. ...Read more
Not necessarily.: Normally behavior is viewed in within the context of one's culture, norms, religious ; spiritual beliefs. ...Read more
Several things: The most important part is your commitment to change it. There is no secrets, just hard work. See your physician to start a diet and exercise program according to your body and health condition. He may use medication to help you achieve your goals. But we can only show you the door: you are the one who have to cross it. ...Read more
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