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Doctor insights on: Are Children Of Alcoholics Destined To Be Addicted To Something

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Are control and power issues typical for alcoholics/adult children of said alcoholics?

Are control and power issues typical for alcoholics/adult children of said alcoholics?

The basic issue: Severe anxiety is what drives the alcoholic to drink alcohol (a potent anxiolytic). Sometimes anxiety is expressed as "control issues", and inflexibilty, and an inability to "go with the flow". Anxiety has been shown to run in families. So, the answer is yes. If you live with someone who suffers from alcoholism, get to al-anon, or go to aa meetings that are "open meetings". ...Read more

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If I am an alcoholic, does that mean I will also be more easily addicted to other things?

If I am an alcoholic, does that mean I will also be more easily addicted to other things?

Definitly: Many people that have one addiction can be more vulnerable to other addictions either at the same time or down the road. All drugs of abuse cause a surge in Dopamine levels, this is what feeds an addiction so if one substance is removed another can come in, cause Dopamine to surge and drive the new behavior, be careful, have healthy support to boost dopamine, friends, family, exercise, meetings. ...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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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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Alcoholics are considered to have a disease, but smokers, for example, are just addicted. Is there a double standard?

Alcoholics are considered to have a disease, but smokers, for example, are just addicted. Is there a double standard?

See below : No double standard. Both suffer from the disease of addiction. However, nicotine (from cigarettes) are more addictive in that a greater percentage of total smokers use compulsively suggesting that this addiction occurs with minimal biological predisposition. ...Read more

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I read that narcoleptics are unlikely to become addicts b/c of depleted orexins, but i'm a narcoleptic (ex) alcoholic/addict. Just bad genes, or...?

I read that narcoleptics are unlikely to become addicts b/c of depleted orexins, but i'm a narcoleptic (ex) alcoholic/addict.  Just bad genes, or...?

Pop neuroscience: A decade ago, we heard a lot about the "addicted brain", a one-size-fits-all model for many different habit disorders. I remember that my colleagues were skeptical (of this, and of simplistic models generally), and weren't surprised that this is now history. If there's a common denominator to substance abuse disorders, it won't be a few neurotransmitters. Address a human problem for what it is. ...Read more

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Could a recovering alcoholic/addict stay in an oxford house for free if they have no income in oregon?

Could a recovering alcoholic/addict stay in an oxford house for free if they have no income in oregon?

Have no clue: You can access them at www.oxfordhouse.org and they have a locator where you can find houses in Oregon and link to an application. However, I very much doubt that "for free" is available. How many people gave you drugs or alcohol for free? Recovery requires work and commitment, and perhaps they have some system where you can work in the house for your room/board. Good luck with your recovery. ...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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How long does it take to get addicted to alcohol, does it take a while to become an alcoholic or are you addicted right away?

Alcohol addiction: I've had some patients who knew alcohol was "their" drug right away -- from their very first drink. At least initially they felt it altered their lives and experience by relieving painful anxieties. They could go from shy and retiring to being the life of the party, by using alcohol. For such people, using alcohol within limits was impossible. Not everyone responds in this way, though. ...Read more

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