The ugliest thing about alcoholism is that every alcoholic thinks that his addiction is not affecting anyone. The truth is alcoholism effect on family, friends, and everybody around you. Countless studies have shown statistic data on how alcoholic parent can scar their children for life.
The horror stories of children who come from a family where one or both of their parents are alcoholics can give you chills at night. Therefore, it is important for you to understand the impacts your addiction can have on your child and seek help now.
Out of many, here are some of the ways that can affect your child:
The Normalization of Alcohol
The children who grow up in a household where one or both of their parents are alcoholics don’t know a life otherwise. For them, it is something that is happening in every house. This makes them struggle with the idea of normalization because they haven’t seen a life otherwise.
The worst thing about this normalization is that most of the kids who belong to such a family end up becoming alcoholics themselves, and then it’s a vicious cycle that never stops. Hence, alcoholism starts running in the family.
Depression and Isolation
A child who has alcoholic parents is at a significant risk of having depression. It is because they are always neglected. They feel that they have no to talk to. It further results in isolation. They tend to isolate themselves from their friends because they are embarrassed by their parents. Both of these things are extremely dangerous, and they can prompt suicidal thoughts in them.
Trust Issues That Won’t Go
Kids who never see their parents fulfilling their promises develop trust issues at a very early age. They struggle in believing someone, and this can affect their whole life. They are unable to make healthy relations as they have these trust issues so deeply rooted in them that they even don’t trust the person they love. As a result, more often than not, these kids struggle to develop healthy relationships based on faith and trust.
Attention Seeking Behavior
When a kid is neglected at home, they try to get the same attention from other people. Or worst, they do stupid and dangerous things to get the attention of their own parents. When it doesn’t work, they can go to extremes and can harm themselves, causing irreparable damage to themselves.
Lack of Confidence
Living in an alcoholic household can be a lot for a kid to process. It can put them in a state of confusion. Since most such kids are unable to talk to anybody their confusion, it becomes a part of their personality, and they struggle to get over it. It ultimately affects their confidence levels, and they always behave under confidently. They struggle with making decisions throughout their life, and this can affect their career and their own family pretty severely.