April 6, 2012
-- A national survey revealed the starling reality of more than 7,500,000 children that are living with at least one alcoholic parent. The study found that majority of these children under eighteen, equaling around 6,100,000, are living in a household with both parents. Of these majority households, either both parents are battling alcohol abuse problems or just one of them. The other 1,400,000 children under eighteen are living in a single parent household, where the single parent is battling an alcohol abuse problem. Of these 1,400,000, majority are children under eighteen living with their mother and a very small remainder of children are living with their father.
Children who live with an alcoholic parent are more likely to suffer from neglect, mental disorders such as anxiety and depression, lack of thinking and communication skills, and even an increase in their risk for developing alcoholism or another other substance abuse problem later in life. Academically, children in these living arrangements tend to have poor school performance, discipline problems and are more likely to drop out of school. Children in these homes could also be susceptible to serious health risks, because behaviors of negligence, violence and recklessness can put the child's life in serious danger. Many studies have also found that children who grow up with at least one alcoholic parent increase their chances of having a life plagued with confusion, shame, guilt, fear and often sexual, mental and/or physical abuse. Many of these children will battle insecurity, vulnerability and negativity for the remainder of their lives.
Alcohol abuse will most likely led to alcoholism, which creates a physical, mental and emotional dependence on alcohol. A person suffering from an alcohol abuse problem or alcoholism will continue to drink, despite the negative effects on one's health, relationships, family and financial stability. This is because the person has developed a dependence on alcohol that makes him or her believe alcohol is needed in order to function. Alcoholism is a disease that requires a user get treatment. Professional treatment offers safe alcohol withdrawal options and effective physical, mental and emotional healing. Many who are battling an alcohol dependency or abuse problem believe they are doomed to struggle for the rest of their lives. This is far from the truth, because there is help for everyone. Many believe that substance abuse and addiction only affects the addict, but the damage goes way beyond. Problems, like alcohol abuse and alcoholism, affect the family and loved ones of the addict. Getting help is not only important for the addict, but also for all the people suffering; especially the children.
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