While in the midst of dealing with family addiction to drugs or alcohol, the idea of a happy ending may seem impossible. The pain, lies, deceit, trauma, demoralization, illness and financial ruin caused by an addicted family member can be more devastating to a family than any other affliction in our society. Even compared to other deadly diseases, addiction also comes with feelings of anger and resentment that the loved one cannot or does not change. Continue reading There Is Hope: An Alcohol Intervention Success Story
50,000 deaths in 2014…. This was just reported by the U.S. government. That translates to 136 people dying each day — 5 per hour.
Was our government reporting casualties of the Syrian civil war? Cancer deaths? Deaths on highways? Murders? No. This breathtaking number is the number of deaths due to drugs and alcohol in our country in one year. Continue reading Children of Alcoholics and Addicts: The Forgotten Ones
For those of you familiar with the PotatoAllergy.com movement and its focus on educating children about addiction, the call for action in this week’s landmark report on addiction from the U.S. Surgeon General will come as no surprise.
Among the important findings in the 400+ page report, the U.S. Surgeon General recognizes that educating children about the dangers of addiction before they are exposed to drugs and alcohol is crucial in preventing future battles with addiction. The Surgeon General properly points out that children who start drinking before the age of 15 are four times more likely to become addicts later on than those that start at age 20 or later. It’s up to entire communities — teachers and principals, parents, doctors — to keep children from falling through the cracks, he told NBC News.
He issues a call to all Americans to help prevent addiction by educating our youth instead of having to focus on treatment decades later. “I’m calling the country to action,” he said. “We are going to need everybody to address addiction in America.”
Children with addiction in their genes are at an even higher risk and need even more attention. Children on alcoholics, for example, are five times more likely to become alcoholics than their peers.
The statistics above result in a horrifying reality for children of alcoholics — those who begin drinking before the age of 15 may be 20 times more likely to become an alcoholic than a peer. If this does not grab our society’s attention as a call to action then what will.
Yet today there are only a handful of resources that focus on educating and preparing children with addiction in their genes. Shatterproof.com and PotatoAllergy.com are two such movements that have already heeded the Surgeon General’s plea. We can only hope that this is just the beginning.
Marc Treitler and his family are the founders and creators of the family addiction education website www.potatoallergy.com and the authors and illustrators of My Dad Is an Alcoholic, What About Me?: A Pre-teen Guide to Conquering Addictive Genes.
Unless you live on a private, remote island, you know someone affected by alcoholism. Our country is riddled with alcoholics — from those living on the streets to those flying commercial aircrafts. And in most of these cases, an innocent victim is the child of the alcoholic. Studies estimate that over 11,000,000 children in the United States currently live with one or more alcoholic parents. Continue reading For Children of Alcoholics, Knowledge Is Power
Moms and dads out there: Are you worried about the genetic dangers of your spouse’s alcoholism on your children? Are you too busy trying to deal with your alcoholic spouse to properly attend to and educate your children? Well, there is good news and bad news for you. Continue reading Resources for Parents Worried About Family Alcoholism
Many of us in our society associate college with the freedom and joys of drinking. Images of the drunken and naive college students have been broadcasted for decades on TV, movies and social media. I mean, who doesn’t remember the shenanigans of John Belushi on Animal House or the Will Farrell running naked through the streets in Old School? In these fictitious movies, the individuals almost always end up safe and none the worse for the wear. Continue reading College and Drinking Aren’t Always a Perfect Match
Is one or more of your parents an active alcoholic or drug addict? Do you feel like none of your friends or peers are going through what you are? Do you feel like you have no one to talk to? Continue reading Kids, Do You Have an Addicted Parent? You Are NOT Alone
Everyone knows a child with a peanut allergy. These children are protected from peanut exposure at school, on playdates, at team sporting events, at home and even on airplanes. Adults with young children cannot go a week without being notified of a classmate or playmate with a peanut allergy. Handouts at school, announcements on airplanes and disclaimers on birthday party invitations have become the norm. Continue reading Peanut Allergies Set the Standard the Addiction Community Must Follow
One of the most common excuses for underage alcohol abuse is that “everyone drinks” — classmates, family members and friends. Whether these thoughts come in the form of peer pressure or just an excuse for behavior, it is important for kids to know that almost half of the world’s population never drinks alcohol, according to the World Health Organization. Continue reading Hey, Kids: Half the People on this Planet Never Drink Alcohol
Some amazing organizations have developed in the last 100 years in the U.S. that have transformed the lives of millions.
For example, Alcoholics Anonymous has helped tens of millions of adults conquer their disease since 1935. Prior to that time, alcoholism was seen as a death sentence. Continue reading Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-anon and Alateen: What About the Kids?