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Can you tell me, are adult children of an alcoholic more prone to become alcoholics then the general public?

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

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Does anyone know if there are any aa meetings for the children of alcoholics (the kids not being alcoholics)?

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 more

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Can you tell me are adult children of an alcoholic more prone to become alcoholics then the general public?

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

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If someone is addicted to hard drugs, are they also more likely to be addicted to cigarettes?

If someone is addicted to hard drugs, are they also more likely to be addicted to cigarettes?

Perhaps: There is experimental evidence that using nicotine brfoe other drugs makes addiction to those drugs more likeley-. In addition, cocaine and amphetamine issues also tend to make if more difficult to control nicotine ...Read more

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What are the affects of drug addiction to students who are engaged to it?

What are the affects of drug addiction to  students who are engaged to it?

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 more

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What if someone was addicted to something that is harmful to themselves, and if they found out, harmful to their family aswell?

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

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How to know if men are afraid to find out that their sperm can cause defects in their children?

How to know if men are afraid to find out that their sperm can cause defects in their children?

Ask them: It is not uncommon for men decline having a semen analysis because they are concerned a sperm problem might be discovered. Patients frequently ask me if sperm problems can cause birth defects and except when severe the answer is usually no. ...Read more

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Will child abuse in a 8yo cause them to be shy and withdrawn?

Will child abuse in a 8yo cause them to be shy and withdrawn?

Not always: Reaction to abuse can be quite varied. Some children come to see abuse as normal, so they may seek out abusive relationships. They feel numb and try to get some feeling back by taking risks or becoming the"life of the party" or class clown. ...Read more

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Is it selfish to bring more children into this world when there are so many children in need of a loving home?

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

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What are the signs that someone you love is addicted to cocaine?

What are the signs that someone you love is addicted to cocaine?

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

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What are some of the ways that teens will try to hide that they are anorexic?

What are some of the ways that teens will try to hide that they are anorexic?

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 more

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If someone binge drinks over many years 2 times a week, are they likely to be physically addicted to alcohol or just psychologically addicted?

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 more

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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.

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

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Is it possible that children of alcoholics/addicts tend to have more anxiety problems than other children?

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 more

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What are some things that? People have to sacrifice from being obese?

What are some things that? People have to sacrifice from being obese?

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

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Could people who talk to the dead be considered schizophrenics?

Not necessarily.: Normally behavior is viewed in within the context of one's culture, norms, religious ; spiritual beliefs. ...Read more

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What are some things that obese people can do to stop being obese?

What are some things that obese people can do to stop being obese?

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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Can you report child abuse if someone else is smoking around their young children?

Can you report child abuse if someone else is smoking around their young children?

Yes: You can report it, but the authorities may not take the report if the smoking person isn't responsible for the care of the child at the time. ...Read more

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