Addiction is a complex disease that is identified as the incessant need to continue using drugs or alcohol without the ability to stop using, despite any negative consequences or detrimental health concerns that arise. Many adults across the country have developed a chemical dependency and require treatment, but unfortunately some adults lack the desire to get clean, whereas others are reluctant or fearful of the recovery process, as detox, withdrawal symptoms, and cravings can be severe and intolerable. Adult addiction is growing in American societies with the baby boomer experiencing struggles with both alcoholism and prescription drug addiction.
Children often suffer the most in a family addiction as they can develop there own struggles with drug abuse and alcoholism later in life and face difficulties connecting with others their age due to problems at home. The children in a house hold where addicted parents live are often forced to grow up faster than usual to take on the role of the absent parent. Additionally they feel the need to fix the family or hide the troubles at home from outsiders such as teachers, friends, and other family members. These traits can carry on to adulthood.
Most adult children of drug or alcohol addicts find at some point in their life they will see the need to speak with a counselor or therapist for troubles with relationships, family, and personal struggles. Adult children of addicts may develop addictions of their own or struggle with admitting and owning feelings or emotions such as sadness, love, and will often find themselves detached. Many adult children of addicts project their feelings as to not focus on themselves and “find projects” to avoid confronting their own problems or issues. They may find that they have relationship problems, trouble with friends, and difficulty with feelings of abandonment.
Almost half of the residents living in nursing homes have issues with alcohol, and adults are just as likely to be hospitalized for problems relating to alcohol as they are for heart attacks. This is a detailed representation on how serious of a matter adult addiction truly is. Although tackling the problem and getting adults into treatment can be challenging, it is absolutely necessary. It is important to be alert and look for any possible signs of an addiction being present in an adult. Adult addiction is a severe problem, but with the right treatment, it can be stopped. If you suspect that someone you love is dependent on drugs or alcohol, pick up the phone and speak with an addiction specialist today.
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