Addiction is a multifaceted, complex affliction that various factors can influence. Pinpointing the onset of your addiction can be difficult. You must look into your family’s medical history and look to your present influences. Some contend that addiction occurs due to genetics, which can make you more prone to developing an addiction. However, when seeking addiction treatment, this kind of perspective could leave you feeling hopeless and that whatever you try won’t help.

Addiction is complex and manifests as a result of developing negative behavioral patterns and negative influences. Both nature and nurture play a role. You might worry about the longevity of your sobriety and even question whether or not your current or prospective children will develop an addiction. You might also question if you can be the one to break your familial cycle of addiction. Take a look at some of the more driving factors behind addiction, the negative ways to respond to them, and what you can do to prepare yourself and your family to better overcome addiction.

Understand Genetics in Addiction Rather than Blaming Them 

When determining the right treatment to help you manage addiction, the screening process must address your family history and context of substance use. Therefore, without giving yourself the best chance for lasting recovery and neglecting to explore or disclose family history, you are limiting your chances to the best treatment. Alternatively, while genetics contribute to your susceptibility to addiction, they are not necessarily wholly responsible for your addiction. Finding what drives your addiction is much more complex.

If you decide that you have your addiction because your parents were addicted to substances and you can’t do anything about it, you are hindering your chances and faith in treatment and recovery. Your children could inherit this same attitude if confronted with substance use or signs of alcoholism. Decide to control what you can control when it comes to your addiction.

Environment Has a Significant Role in Addiction 

Environmental circumstances can have an extreme influence on addiction. Children are highly susceptible to their environments and learn by mimicking the people around them. Therefore, when you confront your childhood memories, think back to environmental circumstances. If you grew up in a house where substance use was normal and addiction was a present and standard practice, you might not see using substances as being out of place or wrong. Studies suggest that while genes play a significant role in the way your body processes the ingestion of alcohol and other drugs, the environment in which you grow up also plays a role in predicting your susceptibility to substance use and addiction.

Families affected by substance use report higher levels of conflict than do families with no alcoholism. You can develop positive behavioral changes within your environment by working on healthier communication and finding coping mechanisms such as exercise, mindfulness or art to replace negative thoughts and behaviors when challenges arise. Taking these steps will benefit the overall health of you and your family.

Breaking the Addiction Cycle Begins with You 

Nearly 12% of children in the United States live with at least one parent who misuses drugs or alcohol or a combination. That accounts for 8.3 million children eighteen and younger who witness drug use and alcoholism regularly. While many of these children might never experience neglect, abuse, or even develop substance use disorders – many of them will. Therefore, breaking the cycle of addiction begins with you. Finding a proper treatment center that can provide a thorough screening and health history and focus on your needs can help you attain sobriety and sustain recovery.

Being the example for your children can help teach them that even if genetics make them more prone to addiction, they can overcome it. Continuing to work on yourself and educate your children could even have preventative measures to steer your children away from using drugs and alcohol altogether. Remember, the more you understand about your health history and addiction, the more your children will understand about it, too.

Seek Family Therapy to Understand Your Addiction

Attending family therapy is a great way to help you and your loved ones better understand your addiction and talk openly about how it is affecting home life. Therapy helps each of you speak in a solution-minded manner when confronting your feelings tied to your addiction. It also provides a safe space where you can focus on healthy conversations instead of confrontation.

You and your family will also develop tools to help you continue building healthy relationships and communication at home. Remember, addiction affects the entire family, therefore confronting it together helps weaken its grip on you and your family.

Overcoming addiction and breaking the family cycle of addiction takes work and consistency, and it won’t always be easy. At Associated Behavioral Health Care, we understand that recovery is not a one-size-fits-all ideology; therefore, we offer the best access to care that provides thorough health screenings to ensure that your individual needs get met. Our model of care incorporates both conventional and alternative approaches and we are always ever evolving to ensure that we are incorporating the best resources and information into our treatment. In addition to providing you care, we will also work with your family to help them become educated about addiction and how it affects you and how it could affect them. If you are currently struggling to manage or overcome your addiction, then the time to seek help is now. Breaking the cycle starts with you. Find out more by calling us at (844) 335-7384.