When a family member is addicted to alcohol, it affects everyone including friends, family and a wider social circle. It may be difficult to know where to turn or what to do to take care of each other and find help for the loved one struggling with addiction. Learn more about family communication issues and what can be done to support a parent with alcoholism in seeking help.
When a parent has a problem with alcohol, it is likely some people are working to fix the problem to solve the issue. Children are no different in this situation as kids want the best for the family and to have a healthy parent. Fixing the problem for someone else is impossible, though children will try hard to do otherwise.
When someone else is suffering, it may feel conceited to focus on oneself, but the reality is nobody can change another person but that person. Alcoholism is a disease that needs treatment, not fixing. Hiding drinks, car keys or hoping there will not be a next time do not address the reality of alcoholism. The problem is not anyone else’s to fix but the person who has the addiction.
Nobody escapes addiction’s effects, particularly loved ones surrounding the person with addiction. Each individual has the right to be healthy, happy, loved and appreciated. The following tips can be helpful when coping with an alcoholic parent to maintain safety and sanity.
Alcoholism can destroy families. Recognize that each person matters in the situation and has the right to safety and happiness. Make the choice to care for oneself before taking on the care of a parent with alcoholism.
Coping with a parent who is alcoholic can be exhausting. Find help and healing through Hired Power’s resources. We are here to provide support through this challenging time. Call us to find out how we can help you get started.
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