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Alcoholism Cant Happen In My Family

People rarely want to believe bad things about themselves or their loved ones.  Alcoholism is one of those things nobody really wants to acknowledge when it’s right in front of them.  Are you pulling the wool over your own eyes?  Take a closer look at how alcoholism could be in your family, even if you don’t want to see it.

But I Never Drank Heavily In Front Of My Kids

You have been hearing bad stories about your adult daughter from friends of yours in town.  She’s been seen at bars getting into fights, going home with men she doesn’t know, and even having trouble at work.  You really can’t figure out how this could be true because you never drank in front of her, nor did your spouse.  It can’t be true, can it?

Well, just because you never drink in front of your kids doesn’t mean your child couldn’t eventually become alcoholic.  Certainly, family history does bring along a stronger risk for future generations.  But for many people, especially women, alcoholism can come out of trying to cope with intense emotional pain.  You may not have drank in front of her, but your frequent arguing and bitter divorce could be enough to have burdened her with significant emotional trouble.  Growing up with this kind of emotional pain is certainly no guarantee of future alcohol addiction, but it is a risk factor.

My Wife Has It Made She Couldnt Be Alcoholic

You have three children including a new baby of just a four months.  She has changed jobs a few times and eventually quit to raise the kids herself at home.  You have a good job – not one that you really like, but it pays the bills enough to have just one income for a while.  Lately, you’ve noticed that your wife has been having several drinks at night after the kids are in bed.  You start to wonder if she’s drinking during the day when she’s caring for the kids.  You dismiss this, believing that she has a great life with everything she’s ever wanted.  There would be no reason for this drinking to be a sign of a problem.

You may think you know your wife’s wants, but perhaps you don’t understand her struggles.  Yes, she may have wanted to be a stay at home mom in a comfortable home.  But have you checked in with her lately on how she is really feeling with three kids, especially with a new baby? Is this drinking something other mothers of young kids do?  She may be having a bout with undiagnosed postpartum depression.  A woman who starts drinking more heavily is often doing so to cope with emotional pain.  Your assumptions that this couldn’t be a problem may actually allow the alcoholism and possible depression to get worse.

Alcoholism Not Desirable But Treatable

No, alcoholism is never something we want to find right under our nose.  It can be so destructive and painful for many families.  But if you falsely believe it couldn’t happen in your own family, you may be setting yourself and your loved ones up for trouble.  If you do realize that a family member needs alcohol rehab, get them going in that direction right away.  Alcohol rehab will not cure alcoholism, but it can help a person rebuild their life.  Contact the alcohol rehab centers in your area today to find out more.

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