Over 79,000 people lose their lives every year because of chronic alcohol abuse and it is the third leading attributable cause of death in the country. In addition to those losing their lives alcohol abuse is also responsible for more than 1.6 million hospitalizations and nearly 4 million visits to the emergency rooms every year.
Besides the life threatening immediate consequences of the problem there are also the issues that chronic alcohol abuse causes that are irreversible such as long term body damage. This leads to health problem, early death and generally takes away from the joy of living.
Some of the primary heath issued caused by chronic use include sexually transmitted diseases, chronic health problems, stroke, brain problems, neuropathy, dementia, cardiovascular issues, hypertension, and liver and kidney damage. Alcohol is also responsible for some cancers.
But, in everyday living is where chronic alcohol abuse really takes a toll on family members and loved ones who are affected by the problem. The alcohol user can become depressed and even experience anxiety and suicidal thoughts and actions. Along with this the lost productivity, possible unemployment and risky behavior such as violence, accidents, child neglect and domestic disputes can be too much for most family members to deal with on a daily basis.
Unfortunately even with the above issues many family members are not sure what to do about this problem or if they can do anything at all to make is less devastating.
How Family Members May Act With A Chronic Alcohol Abuser In The Home
Chronic alcohol abuse doesn’t just take a toll on the abuser but the entire family suffers. As a result they may display behavior that indicates that there is a real problem. Family members may act withdrawn from others, sad or depressed. They may also start using alcohol as a way to feel numb and “deal with” the pain associated with the problem.
Some family members do the opposite and cut off all contact from the alcohol user.
There is also the case of the individual who will try to help the chronic alcohol abuse by giving the drinker a place to live, money and making excuses for their behavior. This is one way that the problem can continue to become worse.
With children, adolescents or teens their performance at school and social skills may be harmed by having his problem in the home. They may shy away from friends and not apply themselves. Some struggle with major depression over the problem.
Sadly some children could also be victims of alcohol related violence and maltreatment as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 35% of children who have experienced this were hurt by someone who was intoxicated.
The Solution For Handling Chronic Alcohol Abuse
A chronic alcohol abuse problem is never something that should be ignored. Experts from Narconon drug addiction treatment programs have seen many cases where families will not face the issue because they feel alcohol is not threatening because it is a legal substance. It is likely that families associated with NA have experienced the same problem.
Nevertheless an alcohol problem must be faced head on and handled through treatment. Whether it’s Narconon drug addiction or another type of program the worst things to do it not insist that the alcohol user get immediate help.
The longer the situation is let go the more harm an alcohol user can do to themselves and their families. Don’t wait; contact Narconon drug addiction treatment programs today to get help for yourself or a loved one with a chronic alcohol abuse problem.