Why do my parents struggle with alcohol and it only gets worse?
Last Updated: 06/26/2018 at 11:12am
Lauren Abasheva, LMHC
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There could be multiple reasons for this. They could be "drowning their sorrows" by making their problems disappear temporarily. The main cause of drinking excessively is to get a release from reality and the problems that we have.
I wish this was an easy answer but unfortunately it is not. Alcoholics rely on this substance as an anchor. When they feel hardships or struggle they seek what helps them find comfort or relief. It may get worse because it helps hide reality. I would strongly suggest, depending on the severity of the alcohol involved, to have a calm and heartfelt conversation with your parents. Let them know how it is not only physically and mentally destroying them but it is also emotionally hurting you. Sometimes in order for someone to change they have to know that their actions affect others, or sometimes they have to reach complete rock bottom before they want to change. I am so sorry.
When you abused on it or just don't have control over you it can cause problems in everything you do.
It's often forgotten that alcohol is a addictive depressant, not a way to deal with a bad day. Adults often drink alcohol to try to lessen or forget about their stress, whether it's work, money, family, or general life-related stress. The first drink or two sometimes makes a person feel really good. The problem is, that because it's a depressant, that feeling won't last and the more alcohol someone consumes, the more depressed, sad, tired or possibly angry, they could become. If you see this in your own parent, and the problem is only getting worse, it's entirely possible your parent has an alcohol problem and should seek out professional help.
Alcohol is tricky. Itself, it's not a bad thing.. but if abused, it can turn some of the most beautiful people ugly.. Alcohol is used to numb pain. senses are dulled.. It can be used as a way to escape and not think about reality for a while.
Some people struggle with alcohol because of stress. They get stressed and drink. It is the same thing as smoking
Alcohol abuse is a addiction that needs therapy and help from a counselor or counseling group. Its not easy to get out of it on ur own and if it is not dealt with it will get worse and worse.
Parents and their alcohol addiction can come from different reasons but it's not you. They possibly could be struggling with their own issues and they need help just like you are trying to do. If it keeps getting worse and you feel you can't say anything to them, maybe try going to a family memeber or family friend for help.
maybe because in their past life they delt with abuse from a family member sexual abuse or hitting type of abuse
Not everybody tries to make things better sometimes, we are not machines sadly. When things go wrong you sometimes just follow the route, dont even read the signs.
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