At some point, you have probably read studies linking drug addiction or alcoholism to genetics, which has been proven to be correct on multiple occasions, but (in reality) actually viewing cases of this nature can be quite shocking. After all, to see a parent pass this trait onto their children and so forth can be a very unnerving and enlightening situation (particularly if you are aware of addiction running in your family). Just ask actress Tatum O’Neal, whose family is littered with this mental illness. Besides overcome addiction herself, the actress’s father also suffered from this sickness, and her son was recently busted for transporting drugs. Let’s take a closer look at the O’Neal family ties to addiction.

A Drug-Riddled Mess

TATUM O’NEAL AND THE FAMILY CONNECTION OF ADDICTIONBest known for her roles as a child actress, Tatum O’Neal shocked the press when she sank into the depressing waters of addiction. After a stint with heroin, she eventually made the decision to purchase crack and cocaine from a street dealer. In the end, O’Neal was arrested for her drug use, but, in an interesting twist, she is entirely grateful to the cops who seized her. She explains how (at the time) she did not realize how far her sickness could take her, and the police officers of the Lower East Side’s 7th Precinct saved her life.

Like Grandfather, Like Son

Ultimately, O’Neal’s family is deeply rooted in addictive behavior. The actress’s father Ryan O’Neal (husband of the late Farrah Fawcett) had consumed excessive amounts of methamphetamines and allowed his daughter to be abused by his dealer. Later, O’Neal’s son Kevin McEnroe (whose father is tennis player John McEnroe) was busted for transporting 6 bags of cocaine, 20 morphine pills, and 10 OxyContin pills.

Seeking Treatment for Drug Addiction or Alcoholism

For individuals suffering from drug addiction and alcoholism, the path to healing can sometimes feel like a distant flicker of light in the darkness. Sometimes, you may feel like you are sinking into the muck and are unable to reach your prize. However, you must stay strong and be patient. With the right resources and a little bit of love for yourself, you can easily overcome your sickness and become healthy once more.

If you are suffering from a severe case of drug addiction or alcoholism or have a friend or loved one who is coping with this illness, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process of alcohol withdrawal and detox and guide you along the rocky road of rehabilitation. Soon enough, you will experience a faster and much more efficient recovery.

If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can overcome your mental illness and take an extra step toward becoming a healthier person.