Why Alcoholism Runs in Families

Alcoholism in families

And What You Can Do About It

If you grew up in an alcoholic family, you may have promised yourself that once you got out, you’d never make the same mistakes as your parents. You may even have sworn never to put your kids through what you went through as a child. Perhaps you even attended an executive detox or rehabilitation program, and thought your problem was solved without additional follow-up treatment.

But alcoholism is an illness that runs in families, and you may not be able to prevent it from impacting your life. In order to avoid its destructive force, you must be aware of alcoholism’s presence — and take daily steps to fight it.

Genetics plays a role

Many studies concur that genetics plays a strong role in who becomes an alcoholic. In fact, if one or both of your parents was an alcoholic, you are roughly four times as likely to have trouble with drinking yourself. Children of alcoholics are also at a higher risk for behavioral and emotional problems. If you are currently in therapy for alcoholism, or attending an executive detox, your practitioner can help you examine genetic factors to see if they contributed to your drinking.

The effect of learned behavior

As important as genetics are, more than one–half of all children of alcoholics actually do not become alcoholics themselves. This means there’s more to alcoholism than meets the eye – learned behavior also plays a part. For instance, you are more at risk for developing alcoholism if:

  • Your parents’ problems with alcohol were severe
  • Your alcoholic parents also had psychological problems, such as depression
  • Both your parents were alcoholics, or had issues with drugs
  • There was a great deal of conflict, aggression, and/or violence at home

If alcoholism runs in your family, there is hope

Just because alcoholism runs in your family doesn’t mean you should despair – or to let this disease control your life. Once you are consciously aware of alcohol’s destructive influence, you can take action to prevent old patterns from repeating themselves. Learn more about how to do this at an executive detox facility.

Take the first step in fighting alcoholism

Take the first step in fighting the disease of alcoholism – contact an executive detox. Capo by the Sea offers first-rate treatment, luxurious amenities, and a peaceful setting in which to begin your recovery. Speak to one of our intake counselors today. We are here for you.

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The Top 3 Excuses to Ignore Addiction

Man with beer

And why you can’t use them anymore

Maybe you’ve taken the first step in combating addictive illness — recognizing there’s a problem. There’s nothing to be ashamed of when you realize you struggle with the disease of alcoholism, or are unable to control your cravings for dangerous drugs. But if you’re putting off addressing it, it can be just as dangerous as not acknowledging the issue at all. Read on to find the top three excuses to ignore your addiction — and why you can never use them again.

I don’t have time

If you think you don’t have time to combat your addiction, or attend an executive recovery program, it’s highly recommended you take a second look. The truth is, you don’t have time not to combat it. If your cardiologist said you needed emergency surgery or you were at high risk for a heart attack, you’d schedule the surgery as soon as possible. If you had a broken leg that needed immediate treatment, you’d tell the doctor to get you a cast ASAP. Just because addiction seems to be invisible doesn’t mean it’s any less of a serious illness – one you need to make time to treat.

It’s not really that bad

“It’s not really that bad” and “I can handle it” are all offshoots of the “I don’t really have a problem” excuse. Like wolves dressed up in sheeps’ clothing, it’s your addiction telling you lies so it can continue running your life. You may tell yourself you have more important things to do than attend an executive recovery program – work more hours, for example, or deal with family issues. But addictive illness is degenerative, and if left untreated, can reach a critical point quickly. If you wait, there’s a chance you may not have a job, a family, or even a life to go back to.

I’ll get to it later

The sad and shocking part of addictive illness is that there may not be a “later.” For instance, all it takes is one drink too many behind the wheel to cause a fatal car accident. The last injection of an illegal drug could be the one that results in an overdose. When it comes to addiction, there’s not a moment to lose: you need to seek help now.

No more excuses: contact our intake counselors today, and let Capo by the Sea’s executive recovery help you.

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