Unfortunately, when one member of a family suffers from alcoholism, the whole family suffers. It especially affects a child when their parent has a drinking problem. Over 10 million kids in America are growing up in homes with alcoholic parents. Having an alcoholic parent is emotionally draining, and often comes with abuse.  Here are a few ways to help your child heal from their experiences. If you or your loved one is suffering from an addiction to alcohol, contact our Rehabs in NJ today.

Have Open Communication

Communication is key. Make sure your child feels comfortable with speaking about the hardships that alcohol has caused in your family. Make sure your child feels comfortable asking questions and that you respond with age-appropriate responses. This will strengthen the trust and bond between you and your child.

Understand Your Child’s Emotions

Try to understand how your spouse’s drinking makes your child feel. Ask what your child’s fears are about your family. Make a point to understand their worries and let them know their feelings are valid.

Get Family Counseling

Family therapy is a great way to restore the health and happiness of your family. A professional can help your child’s emotional health and help them develop healthy habits.

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If you or someone you know is showing signs of problematic drinking behavior, or substance abuse, the Discovery Institute can help. Contact us today for information on rehabilitation programs and therapy that assists with living a sober life free from and alcohol and drugs.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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