A family history of alcoholism may suggest that there is a genetic component to alcoholism in the family. On top of that, a history of alcoholism in a family exposes children and other individuals to alcohol abuse in their environment. A family therapy program may be a good way to address alcohol abuse and substance use disorders in the home, help yourself, and your loved ones heal, and learn new ways to cope with addiction. At Sunflower Wellness Retreat, we believe that a quality therapy program can help your family move in the right direction.
Does a Family History of Alcoholism Impact Your Risk of a Substance Use Disorder?
A family history of alcoholism may impact your risk of developing a substance use disorder because some genetic factors influence the risk of alcoholism. It’s known that children of those with an alcohol use disorder do have a higher risk of emotional and behavioral issues.
However, the risk of substance use disorders isn’t defined exclusively by parental history of substance abuse. Environmental factors also play a role in determining if a person will develop an addiction.
Some factors that increase a person’s risk of developing a substance use disorder include:
- Having one or more parent who had or has psychological conditions
- Having a parent or guardian with a severe substance use disorder
- Exposure to aggression and family violence
Fortunately, many children who live in families with members who struggle with alcoholism do not develop drinking problems or substance use disorders in adulthood. The risk is increased, but that in itself does not mean that the child will necessarily become an alcoholic in the future.
Can Family Counseling Help Reduce the Risk of Developing Substance Use Disorders?
It is possible that family counseling can help reduce the risk of individuals in the family developing a substance use disorder as they learn the same coping mechanisms as loved ones who are in recovery.
People come together in a family counseling session to achieve a number of goals. They may:
- Discuss how alcohol has impacted their lives and the lives of those they love
- Express their hopes or fears for the future regarding a substance use disorder
- Work together to build stronger connections and a support group within the family
- Learn ways to help someone they love who has a substance use disorder
All of these actions – among many others – can be achieved through counseling sessions. If you’re interested in what might be included in a family counseling session, consider reaching out to the team at Sunflower Wellness Retreat about what to expect when you schedule a session of this kind.
Are There Ways to Reduce the Risk of Developing a Substance Use Disorder?
Genetically speaking, there is no tried-and-true way of changing the building blocks of a person. However, you and those you love can follow some basic advice to minimize the risk of developing a substance use disorder in the future. Some tips include avoiding underage drinking, drinking moderately in adulthood, and speaking with a medical professional if alcoholism runs in the family.
If you or someone you care about is already exhibiting signs of alcoholism or a substance use disorder, it is essential that you speak with a medical professional about this condition sooner rather than later.
Contact Sunflower Wellness Retreat for Support with Your Family History of Alcoholism
At Sunflower Wellness Retreat, we’re prepared to help you overcome your family’s history of alcoholism. We offer family therapy and trauma therapy programs, as well as a wide range of others that may suit your unique needs. Contact Sunflower Wellness Retreat today online or call us at 855.730.8825 to learn more about what we can do for you.