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Addiction Warning Signs for an Adult Child of an Alcoholic

Addiction Warning Signs for an Adult Child of an Alcoholic - The Bergand Group

An adult child of an alcoholic is someone who grew up with one or both parents with an alcohol abuse disorder. Growing up in a household where alcohol consumption was the norm, children tend to think these behaviors are socially acceptable. Over-consumption of alcohol isn’t the only trait that an adult child of an alcoholic finds normal, living in a house of chaos, arguments and distress can also be a trait of an adult child of an alcoholic. In order to regain normalcy within the household, especially if the adult child of an alcoholic plans to have children, counseling is highly suggested. This facilitates understanding (and healing) of issues that are deep-seeded.

Due to genetics, poor coping skills, and a myriad of other issues associated with having an alcoholic parent, an adult child of an alcoholic has a higher risk of becoming an addict themselves. It is important to be on the lookout for signs that point to addiction. An adult child of an alcoholic should be aware of these signs, and should seek treatment for addiction should it arise.

4 Addiction Warning Signs for an Adult Child of an Alcoholic

  • Victim mentality. The “victim mentality” is often displayed by an addict. When growing up in a household with an addict, children begin to learn these behaviors. If you are an adult child of an alcoholic, or are in a relationship with someone who is, chances are they struggle with this issue. When this mentality is accompanied with addiction, it is important to seek treatment
  • Fear of feeling and sharing emotions and feelings. When an adult child of an alcoholic was growing up, it was scary for them to feel their emotions. Many times an adult child will continue to push away their feelings in their adult life. This can lead to unhealthy coping skills and, at worst, a substance abuse problem. In order to push away their feelings, an adult child of an alcoholic may develop an addiction.
  • Low self-esteem. Growing up in a household of substance abuse often leads to low self-esteem. Addicted parents can be abusive, physically and mentally, and often take out their frustrations on their children. When an adult child of an alcoholic has low self-esteem from a childhood of parental abuse, oftentimes they seek drugs and alcohol as respite.
  • Fear of losing control. An adult child tends to feel that they must control things in order to be safe. In their childhood they may have been the one who kept everything “in order,” or even had to take care of their siblings while their parent(s) were out using. This responsibility can be overwhelming for an adult child, as controlling the situation isn’t always possible. This can lead to stress, anxiety or depression for an adult child, and oftentimes they end up with a substance abuse problem to relieve some of those feelings.

While not all adults who grew up in a household of substance abuse become addicts themselves, it is important to be on the look out for warning signs of addiction. If you fear that you, or someone you love, is facing an addiction, you are not alone. Seeking support from an addiction treatment facility will put you on a path to sobriety. For more information on treatment for addictive disorders, get in touch with The Bergand Group. Offering treatment programs from counseling to Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP) in the Bel Air and Baltimore areas, The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction recovery center.

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About The Bergand Group:

At The Bergand Group in Baltimore and Harford County, Maryland, our therapists have more than twenty years of experience in the mental health and addiction fields. Our focus is on providing comprehensive mental health care and appropriate care for addictive disorders. We offer both alcohol rehabilitation and drug rehabilitation. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance addiction, there is help available. We also offer several other services, including family therapy and counseling. We can help. Contact us today.
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