PARENTS’ DRINKING AFFECTS CHILDREN

Because teenage children of alcohol-dependent parents are at higher risk of becoming alcoholics themselves, parents facing this issue must acknowledge their problem and reach out for support. Otherwise, children of alcoholic parents may blame themselves for their parents’ behavior, especially in cases where an alcohol-dependent parent says things to their children such as “You’re driving me crazy!” or “I can’t take this anymore!” Aside from finding themselves walking on eggshells in order to avoid such outbursts (and other behavior), teens with alcohol-dependent parents might feel anger, sadness, embarrassment, loneliness, helplessness, and a lack of self-esteem, perhaps driving them to alcohol, drugs, or violent behavior. The life of a teen is difficult enough without having to live with a problem drinker.
While undertaking psychotherapy can be a challenge, we attempt to create an environment in which, over time, you will feel supported in your efforts to achieve better personal understanding from which to change the circumstances in your life that cause difficulties. At Plains Area Mental Health our counselors are caring and compassionate. Whether you may face life’s daily stress or a chronic mental illness, we are here for you. Call one of our offices today or take the free on-line screening on this website.

P.S. Alcohol dependency is a disease, like heart disease, which must be treated without judging the patient.