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Do you find yourself struggling with addictions like nicotine or alcohol? Is it because this is the behavior other family members, such as parents of siblings, do for recreation and you feel like that’s just the way it is? Do you want this same lifestyle for you children? Ultimately, our children learn from us parents. If they see parents using drugs and alcohol to cope with the stress life sends your way, you may find the kids end up with the same habits you have as adults.
The power to end a family history of alcoholism really is in your hands. If you drink on the evenings and weekends, you may not think you have a problem. True, you are not in as bad shape as the person who shows up to work drunk or misses days of work because he can’t make it in for any variety of reasons related to alcohol. There are now a couple of pharmaceuticals that need a doctor prescription, but are also very successful at ending alcoholism.
These drugs work to block the receptors in the brain that give you that rewarding effect of alcohol. Instead, you will have no wish to feel the effects of alcohol and you will get only the downside of drinking without any upside. If you are an alcoholic, you may experience withdrawal symptoms even if using a regulated pharmaceutical to end the addiction. Withdrawal symptoms are generally things like insomnia, anxiety, and restlessness during the night. Ultimately, the symptoms are short-lived. Don’t let the temporary effects of withdrawal end your cost to break alcoholism from your family tree.