Children learning how to deal with an alcoholic parent

How to Deal with an Alcoholic Parent

Dealing with an alcoholic parent can be a challenging and emotionally draining experience. But at Promises Brazos Valley, we offer addiction treatment programs designed to help your loved one overcome their struggles with alcohol. Our compassionate team of professionals is here to support you and your family throughout this journey. Contact our team online or call 979.426.0086 today to learn more about how to deal with an alcoholic parent. 

What to Know About Alcohol Abuse and Family Dynamics  

Here are some key points to understand about alcohol abuse and its effects on family dynamics:  

  • Alcoholism is a disease – It’s essential to remember that alcoholism is a chronic disease. It’s not a choice or a moral failing, and it requires professional recovery treatment.  
  • Impact on relationships – Alcohol abuse can strain relationships, causing misunderstandings, communication breakdowns, and constant conflict.  
  • Role reversal – Children may feel the need to take on adult responsibilities, leading to feelings of resentment and emotional stress. 

Alcohol abuse does not only affect the person drinking but also significantly impacts family dynamics. It can cause tension, conflict, and emotional distress within the family unit.  

How to Deal with an Alcoholic Parent  

Dealing with an alcoholic parent can be emotionally challenging, but some strategies can help you cope: 

  • Set boundaries – Establish clear boundaries to protect your mental and emotional health. These could include limiting contact during certain times or situations and communicating your needs and expectations. 
  • Seek support – Join a support group or seek counseling. This can provide a safe space to express your feelings, share experiences with others who understand, and learn coping strategies from professionals. 
  • Educate yourself – Learn about alcoholism. Understanding the nature of the disease, its impact on individuals and families, and the available treatment options can help you better understand your parent’s behavior and make informed decisions about your well-being. 

It’s crucial to reinforce the understanding that alcoholism is indeed a form of addiction and, like many other addictions, overcoming it typically requires more than just willpower or good intentions. Professional help is often essential in navigating the complexities of this disease.  

At Promises Brazos Valley, we take a science-based approach to addiction treatment, providing your loved one with personalized care, evidence-based therapies, and the tools they need for long-term recovery. Our program also offers continuous support for family members, recognizing the importance of healing and support for everyone affected by addiction. Remember, you are not alone in this journey, and there is hope for healing and positive change. 

How to Help a Loved One Struggling with Alcohol Addiction  

If your parent is struggling with alcohol addiction, Promises Brazos Valley is here to help. We offer a range of services tailored to meet the specific needs of each client:  

  • Medically monitored detox – This program safely manages withdrawal symptoms under medical supervision.  
  • Residential treatment – A comprehensive program providing round-the-clock care and support.  
  • Outpatient programs – These include the partial hospitalization program (PHP) and intensive outpatient program (IOP), offering flexibility for clients who can’t commit to residential treatment.  
  • Aftercare and alumni groups – We provide ongoing support after treatment to help maintain sobriety. 

Our therapies include individual therapy, family therapy, group therapy, trauma-informed care, and more. We accept commercial insurance, and self or private pay options are available.  

Enroll Your Parent in Addiction Treatment at Promises Brazos Valley 

Dealing with an alcoholic parent can be a distressing experience, but you are not alone. At Promises Brazos Valley, we understand the complex dynamics of alcohol addiction and the impact it has on families. Our team is committed to providing compassionate, evidence-based treatment that addresses not only the addiction but also the underlying issues contributing to it.  

Take the first step toward healing today. Contact Promises Brazos Valley online or call 979.426.0086 today to learn more about our programs and how we can assist you and your loved one on this journey to recovery. Remember, you do not have to deal with an alcoholic parent on your own. Help is available, and recovery is possible. 

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