If you grew up with alcoholic parents, that might have contributed to your own alcohol or drug addiction. As part of our alcohol addiction rehab treatment, you learned about helping others as part of your personal 12-step program. It may be time to encourage your parents to break the cycle of addiction and seek professional help at Bayview Recovery in Washington by calling 855.478.3650 today.
Dealing With Alcoholic Parents
If you still have siblings living at home, you may be concerned that your alcoholic parents will affect the sobriety and mental wellness of other family members. Alternately, you may have children with a spouse who still drinks or uses drugs. Whether you, your child, or your siblings still live at home, having alcoholic parents can impact your own tendency for alcohol addiction.
If you aren’t sure whether your parents have crossed the line to substance abuse, the following signs may help you identify alcohol addiction in those you love:
- Inability to stop drinking
- Drinking more often and for longer periods
- Making mistakes or having auto accidents after drinking
- Neglecting financial and family responsibilities
- Not caring about hygiene or appearance
- Defensive response to criticism about their alcohol use
Alcohol addiction looks different for every individual. However, if your parents or the parent of your child exhibits more than one of these behaviors, it may be time for them to seek help.
Tips for Adults With Alcoholic Parents
Intervention starts with an honest discussion with your alcoholic parents. Here are some tips to help you prepare for this conversation:
- Choose somewhere where they feel safe and protected to protect their privacy.
- You can start with using positive phrases that focus on your parents. For example, if you start your sentences with “I” instead of “you,” it won’t sound as though you are attacking them. However, it’s also important to be honest. You can try something like, “I am concerned about you and how much you’ve been drinking. Can we talk?”
- You might try open-ended questions to get them to talk. “Why do you think I want to talk to you about your drinking?”
- Focus on solutions and set firm boundaries. For example, make it clear that you won’t cover for them financially or pay for their alcohol.
- If you have undergone alcohol detox and recovery, you can try offering to go to AA or NA meetings with them.
Once your parents are ready to take the next step, call Bayview Recovery to learn more about our programs and how to sign up for residential or outpatient treatment programs.
Get Support for Yourself
Growing up with alcoholic parents may have affected your own emotions and relationship with drugs and alcohol. After completing an addiction recovery program, it’s crucial to find a network of support within your own community. Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are organizations based on 12-step programs that can help you stay true to your recovery plans.
Alcohol rehab programs available at Bayview Recovery include the following:
- Individual therapy program
- Group therapy program
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy program
- Trauma therapy program
- Family Therapy
- Depression treatment
- Anxiety treatment
You and your parents can break the cycle. Ensure that future generations don’t have to live with the devastating effects of alcoholism.
Seek Substance Abuse Treatment at Bayview Recovery
At Bayview Recovery in Washington, you can learn to rebuild your relationships with loved ones following alcohol abuse. Encourage your alcoholic parents to sign up for residential or outpatient addiction recovery treatment as soon as possible. The progress they make will positively impact your entire family. Contact us at 855.478.3650 today to find out more about our substance abuse and family therapy programs.