Living with an alcoholic is never easy, but imagine the difficulties and pain faced by a child who has to cope with a father or mother (or perhaps both parents) who consume excessive amounts of alcohol. In each moment of our lives (even moments during high school and college), our parents play a huge role in shaping who we are and who we will become and should serve as ideal role models. So, imagine the warped vision of the world that children of alcohol abusers and alcoholics face on a daily basis. For this reason, you may not be surprised to hear that the boys and girls of these excessive drinkers may face severe marriage problems as they reach maturity. Let’s take a closer look at the reality of this grim situation.

An Impure Social Environment

While research has confirmed how genetics affect a child’s tendency towards addiction, additional studies have also explored the impact of a toxic social environment. As part of a study of 1 million people in Sweden, researchers sought to discover if alcohol use disorder (AUD) among parents would predetermine their children’s participation in a dangerous or poisonous marriage. According to Dr. Jessica E. Salvatore (assistant professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University College of Humanities and Sciences), whoever you marry will determine your chances of developing an AUD.

Future Looks Grim

CHILDREN OF EXCESSIVE DRINKERS ARE IN FOR SEVERE MARRIAGE PROBLEMSAccording to the study, the choices for marriage are (obviously) not random. In fact, as Dr. Salvatore points out, a person who has a tendency towards alcohol problems will instinctively seek out a person who is suffering from their problem (or also programmed towards it). Furthermore, the children of alcoholic parents are more likely to marry at a relatively young age (under 25 years) and seek out a partner suffering from AUD. (Daughters of AUD sufferers are more likely to seek out an abusive spouse than males). In other words, you are inclined to marry someone who is just like your parents.

Seeking Treatment for Alcohol Abuse and Addiction   

Always remember that alcohol does not have control over your life. You do. Are you suffering from a substance use disorder or a severe form of addiction? Do you have a friend or family member suffering from one or more of these debilitating illnesses? If you do, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the detox and withdrawal process and rehabilitation and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle. While the road to recovery might not be an easy road to travel, we promise to help you every step of the way. Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe.

The time for you to take back control of your life is now. If you are interested in one of our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how to overcome your alcohol abuse or addiction troubles today.