Living with addiction - Patients and family members

Addiction - A generational disease

Adult children of addicted parents often share several characteristics that can be attributed to growing up in an alcoholic or dysfunctional household. As children, they often felt isolated and different. It is not uncommon for adult children of addicts to be highly adaptable, and harmony in all types of relationships is extremely important to them. Personal criticism can often be perceived as a threat. The risk of developing an addiction themselves is high, as is the risk of becoming codependent as a family member of someone with addiction. Excessive sense of responsibility, relationship and attachment disorders, people-pleasing are often the effects of family influences. Children of addicted parents have learned to suppress their emotions, and as adults, they repress them.

Addiction is characterized by a compulsive craving for a substance, behavior, or activity. It can involve both physical and psychological aspects and has serious implications for the individual's life. There are various addictions that people can fall into, such as alcoholism, drug addiction, as well as gambling, shopping, or eating disorders, all of which are severe illnesses.

To prevent addiction, various measures are necessary. An important strategy is to educate about the risks of addiction and raise awareness of signs and symptoms. Early intervention and treatment are crucial in reducing the risk of further worsening of addiction.

Prevention programs can also include promoting a healthy lifestyle, strengthening social bonds, and building coping strategies. Strong support from family, friends, and the community is important in reducing the risk of addiction.

Addiction can develop in various ways. A common cause is repeated use of a substance or engagement in a specific behavior that leads to dependency. Initial use may stem from curiosity, the desire for reward, or other reasons. However, over time, tolerance develops, and the brain demands a larger amount of the substance or behavior to achieve the same effect. This creates a vicious cycle that can lead to dependency.

There are also genetic, psychological, and environmental factors that can increase the risk of addiction. Individuals with a genetic predisposition to addiction may have a higher risk of becoming dependent. Psychological factors such as stress, anxiety, depression, or low self-esteem can also play a role. The environment, including social influences and the availability of substances, can also contribute to the development of addiction.

It is important to note that addiction is a complex condition, and individual approaches to prevention and treatment are necessary. Access to adequate medical care and psychological support plays a crucial role in addressing addiction issues and promoting long-term recovery.

Addiction counseling does not serve as therapy but serves the purpose of providing information.