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Doctor insights on: Problems Faced By Children Of Alcoholics

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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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Why do people become alcoholics or problem drinkers?

Why do people become alcoholics or problem drinkers?

2/3's born that way: Irrefutable evidence from multiple different methods support both a biologic basis and a genetic basis (including but not limited to hereditary factors) in addictions. Eric Nestler, MD, PhD is the world's leader in this arena and has many great review articles. ...Read more

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I belive im an alcoholic and i want to know how to fix the problem?

Aa: See your personal doctor or attend an aa meeting in your area. ...Read more

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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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What are the consequences a teen alcoholic may face if he does not get himself treated?

What are the consequences a teen alcoholic may face if he does not get himself treated?

Liver Cirrhosis: Alcoholics destroy their liver if they continue drinking for a long time. Abdominal enlargement with ascitis and jaundice and pedal edema occurs leading to right heart failure. ...Read more

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Is there a problem if I have alcoholic drinks when after 5 weeks of deliverying a baby. ?

Is there a problem if I have alcoholic drinks when after 5 weeks of deliverying a baby. ?

Yes, yes, and yes: Yes, there is a problem if an alcoholic drinks. Yes, there is a problem if an alcoholic drinks just 5 weeks after having a baby. Yes, there is a problem if an alcoholic drinks and happens to be a parent of a child. The moral of this story is: get everyone together and help stop the drinking. ...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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My husband knows he is an alcoholic but with all the problems in our lives he thinks its understandable- how can I help him see otherwise?

You may not be able: You may have to figure out how much more you can tolerate of his behavior, if he is not willing to seek help you may need to set some consequences for his continued actions. Alcoholics will drink if the sun comes up, until they admit that they just cannot not drink, everything is a reason to continue. Harsh but true for severe problem drinkers. Talk to a professional or counselor, try alanon. ...Read more

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