a mother and sun wondering is alcoholism genetic

Is Alcoholism Genetic?

Genetics plays an essential role in influencing a person’s behavior and physical appearance. One of the traits that children inherit from their parents is the tendency to abuse alcohol. Moreover, being relatives with an alcoholic increases the chances of developing an addiction. Learning more about alcoholism from Oceanfront Recovery can help answer the question, “Is…

a family experiencing the benefits of family therapy

Benefits of Family Therapy

The family you are born into determines the first environment you will interact with as you grow. That environment will shape how you view the world, ultimately affecting who you become and how you interact with others. Drug addictions negatively impact every aspect of your life, putting a strain on the family and loved ones.…

a young child wondering is addiction hereditary

Is Addiction Hereditary?

The number of individuals addicted to drugs continues to rise every day. Nearly 31 million people suffer from a substance use disorder, according to WHO, the World Health Organization. The causes of addiction vary from person to person. Yet there is a group of people who are at a higher risk of developing an addiction…

a woman relaxing in a field as she is living life to the fullest in recovery

Living Life to the Fullest in Recovery

As you begin to thrive in recovery, a whole new world is unfolding before you. Living life to the fullest is now a reality, instead of a gift only bestowed on “other people.” Your future is now. It’s important that you celebrate your successes and your milestones in recovery. You’ve begun to make deep connections…

a woman feeling distressed and thinking about substance abuse and the impact on family

Substance Abuse and the Impact on the Family System

The National Survey on Drug Abuse and Health shows that over 23.5 million Americans suffer from a substance use disorder. Addiction naturally has the largest impact on the addict. It’s important to consider the widespread effects of addiction on the people surrounding the addict.  Substance abuse has a significant impact on families, both as individuals…

a couple finding out how alcohol affects relationships

How Alcohol Affects Relationships

Alcohol is the most commonly consumed substance in the world and while harmful, it is not only socially acceptable, but expected. Studies show that 56% of the U.S. adult population drinks regularly with some 86.4% drinking at least occasionally.  Alcoholic beverages like beer, win, spirits, and liquors are so commonly accepted that you are unlikely…

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What Is An Al-Anon Meeting?

Everyone knows Alcoholics Anonymous but fewer are aware of Al-Anon, a sister support group intended for the loved ones of those suffering from alcoholism. Al-Anon is a support group designed to help the friends and family members of alcoholics recover and move on, and if you’ve never been, it can be intimidating to go, especially…