The Role of Genetics in Alcohol Addiction

The Role of Genetics in Alcohol Addiction

Does Alcoholism Run in the Family? According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism genes may account for 50% of the risk for someone to develop Alcohol Use Disorder.   These genes may explain why alcoholism seems to “run in the family.”  Certain genes affect things like behavior control, a known risk factor for addiction.  In addition, genes can affect our response to stress or our ability to react to situations.  All of these can influence how we respond to alcohol and drugs and the relationship we develop with these substances. While it is clear that genetics can play a defining role in determining whether someone may develop alcohol use disorder, research has also shown that they are not the only culprit.  Other factors such as environment and exposure may also contribute to the likelihood that someone could develop an addiction.  Clearly some people are predisposed to addiction, but...

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What to do When an Addict Refuses to Get Help

What to do When an Addict Refuses to Get Help

Helping a Loved One Seek Treatment for Alcohol Addiction When someone you love is suffering from addiction, there is usually no easy way to handle the situation.  Until they are ready to get treatment, most addicts are unable to see that there is anything wrong.  They may not recognize the pain that they are causing friends and family or that they are suffering from a sickness.  Generally, treatment for alcohol addiction works best for those that want to make a change.  Their commitment to recovery, helps them to achieve sobriety and stick with it.  As loved ones it can be extremely difficult to watch someone suffering and not be able to convince them to get help. The best thing you can do for a loved one suffering from addiction is to educate yourself.  Understanding alcohol addiction is key to helping someone dealing with it.  Research different recovery options and consider...

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How to Help Support Someone in Alcohol Treatment

How to Help Support Someone in Alcohol Treatment

Supporting Loved Ones in Recovery There are a number of ways that friends and family can support a loved one going through alcohol addiction treatment.  It may have taken months or even years for a person to want to get help.  It is important that close family and friends respect the space that an individual may need during the initial detox and work with their recovery team to determine the best way to move forward once they have sought professional help. Most people who have been successful in recovery credit their support system.  Whether it is the team of professionals such as licensed therapists, addiction counselors and sponsors, or their close loved ones, a support system is important to long-term sobriety.  One of the best ways to become part of a healthy support system is to educate yourself about the recovery process.  The more informed you are about your loved...

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MHA Mental Health Conference

MHA Mental Health Conference

MHA Conference We had a memorable time this week at the Mental Health Association of Orange County Conference. Over 900 people were in attendance including mental health care professionals, agencies, public health providers, elected officials, family members/care givers and many more. It was a fantastic opportunity to learn more about all of the mental health programs and community support that is available in Orange County. We  also had the opportunity to educate others about our own monitored alcohol and drug program OPTIONS Outpatient .  Many other programs and professionals were interested in our outpatient program as an additional and much needed resource for addiction.  Alcohol and Drug  Addiction is a very  common symptom that occurs alongside most mental health disorders. In these cases, it is critical to include an addiction program along with treatment for a mental health disorder so that the treatment may be effective. After lunch and listening...

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Helping a Recovering Addict

Helping a Recovering Addict

Why a Support System is Crucial to Recovery Success Drug and alcohol addiction rarely affects just one person.  There are usually loved ones that have been impacted by the addiction for years or even decades.  Whether they are a child or spouse who has experienced neglect or abuse because of alcohol dependency or a parent who is unable to reach their child, the people closest to an addict are usually suffering in one form or another.  Once a loved one has decided to seek treatment for his or her addiction, it is imperative that they receive support.  It can be difficult because many of the people who they may need the most support from have felt victimized.  Supporting someone in recovery is not always easy but it will go a long way in their overall success with sobriety. Forgiving Doesn’t Mean Forgetting It is important for all parties, the individual...

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