Alcoholism has been known to run in families. If you or your spouse is exhibiting the signs of alcoholism, this can affect your children well into their adult years. Signs of alcoholism include:
A Parent's Addiction can Create Mental Distress for Children
- missing work
- not paying bills
- domestic violence (toward either the spouse or the children, or both)
- threats of suicide
- hiding bottles of alcohol
- denials of being drunk
- becoming overly drunk at family gatherings or in public
- blacking out and not remembering everything that happened.
These incidents are usually traumatic for the adults in the family, and are even more traumatic for any children who witness them. Drug abuse and addiction often play roles in alcoholism. Rehab counselors understand that using more than just one substance is common among those suffering from addiction. This is because more chemicals are needed after a tolerance has been built up, and different drugs are added to the mix to attain the desired high.
The Clarkston Schools System is required by law to report neglect or abuse, including drug abuse or alcoholism that interferes with parenting skills, to local authorities. Our expert counselors can help you control your addiction and help you maintain your sobriety, but you need to reach out to us before we can help you.
Getting the Help Your Family Needs, and Deserves
Tolerating an alcoholic in the family can wear down even the most patient of people. By being patient, you aren't helping the alcoholic or drug addict – you are enabling them to continue their activities, and this can wreak havoc on your entire family. Instead of continuing what can often bring about disputes with other relatives, you can instead let our counselors, with their resources and advice, help stabilize your family.
No one should have to live with addiction or alcoholism. While living soberly is a journey, and needs to be restarted every day, there is a better success rate, and a definite beginning, when rehab is involved. We have programs that work to educate your entire family, not just the person who is suffering from the disease, and we can help family members correctly express their frustrations, anger, and even guilt so that the addicted alcoholic better understands how their behavior affects his or her entire family.
The Village of Clarkston's official website can be a goldmine of resources for those experiencing addiction or alcoholism in their family. Their site not only has links to outside resources, but also links to internal ones, should you or your addicted family member be an employee. Having a zero tolerance policy is the norm for most cities, and Clarkston is no different. Retaining your employment may depend on if you react to your disease as that, a disease, or if you attempt to hide it from others, which is impossible to do long-term. Current ADA regulations require all employers to allow for treatment options before they can legally terminate someone from their position.
While you may feel you are losing your spouse while he or she is in rehab, and things may be in more disarray at home, while addiction has a hold on your spouse, you really don't have him or her before rehab starts. Calling and finding out more of the options rehab can offer your family will greatly, in the long run, improve your relations with him or her, and can strengthen your marriage. We can help you and your family with this process.
Traveling for Treatment Could Be Right for You
Deciding where you should attend rehab can be a difficult decision to make. On one hand, you may choose to stay close to home to save money and travel time. But on the other hand, you can gain new perspectives and get more privacy if you travel. What it comes down to is your personal preference.
Some individuals have limited options based on their insurance eligibility, so this is definitely something to take into consideration. Others may choose to attend an outpatient treatment program in their hometown so that they continue to go to work and take care of their families. In many respects, staying in your home area for drug rehab treatment can be beneficial. But if you're not concerned about retaining a job or placement in school while you recover, traveling outside of your city maybe a superior choice
If you are confused on this issue or have a particular set of criteria that you are still looking to find in a treatment center, call us. We can help you go through all of these considerations and recommend certain facilities in your area that will benefit you the most.