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Effects Of Alcoholism On Families

The affects of Alcoholism in a family environment

There is no getting around the fact that alcoholism is a family disease. We say family because the entire family can be affected by it. It is estimated that close to half the US population has been affected by someone they know who has an alcohol problem. This is according to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency.

Alcoholism as a Family Disease

It can easily be identified as a family disease because family members are just as affected as the person suffering from alcoholism. At Sprout Health Group, we have the experience to provide effective outpatient programs, aftercare, and ongoing monitoring to make sure a client’s program is working and they are moving toward recovery.

Alcoholism Warning Signs

Like anything in life, there are always signs that something that is amiss. If you or loved ones are noticing these signs, it could very well be an indication that a person is struggling with alcohol abuse:

  • The person ignores their own personal needs and places drinking at the top of their list. This can include neglect of relationships, a job, or personal health.
  • Be on the lookout for anyone who suddenly seems to show signs of despair or hopelessness. There is always a reason for such a change. People will turn to alcohol to drown out their inner pain.
  • Everyone around the alcoholic will begin to exhibit behaviors as if they are walking on egg shells. Friends, family members and coworkers can become tense around an alcoholic.
  • Alcoholics quite often become manipulative and controlling. It makes life difficult for everyone around them. No one knows what to expect next.
  • People will often make sacrifices to make the situation more bearable. This rarely works, and the alcoholic can become even more abusive and difficult to live or deal with.

The Obvious Changes

People who were once considered to be well-adjusted can change into someone that you barely know, or want to know if it goes on for too long. They will push anyone out of their lives to get to that next drink. They will change at social gatherings, get offensive when questioned about their obvious change, and lash out at anyone close when questioned about their drinking problem. The change can be devastating. If allowed to go on for too long, relationships can sever without the hope of ever being repaired.

Our Outpatient Programs

Alcohol Effects on the familyAt Sprout Health Group, we have been helping people with alcohol addictions for a long time.  As such, we have the experience and programs to offer effective treatment that can help that person get back on the road to recovery. Our goal is long-term recovery. We can help the afflicted individual to understand the cause of their low self-esteem. A person has to want to change before any treatments can work long-term. Outpatient programs can consist of treatment 1-2 days of every week. These are good for patients who have completed higher level programs and are nearing the point of returning to a normal life.

Aftercare Programs

Aftercare helps patients build on the success of their primary treatments. Ultimately, sustaining from drinking is in the hands of the recovering individual. Addiction is chronic, and it is possible for people to slip back into relapse without proper monitoring and long-term support. Our goal is to help our clients build a solid foundation for recovery. Plans are tailored to fit each individual’s needs since no two people will ever experience the exact same conditions that lead to alcohol abuse.

Ongoing Monitoring

Ongoing monitoring is all about providing an atmosphere and sense of accountability. It is the one thing that can make a huge difference between the true road to recovery and lapsing back into old, negative habits. Those who actively participate and accept the wisdom of ongoing monitoring are likely the ones to benefit the most.

Alcoholism does not occur in a vacuum, and neither does a cure. If you or a loved one is in need of help, then by all means make the right choice for alcohol detox treatment. The right alcohol detox programs can help you get back on the road to recovery. Your alcohol detox timeline will depend on your willingness to recover, and the care and commitment of the professionals who help you regain entrance back into society.


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