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How Your Drinking Effects Your Children

One in five adult Americans grew up with an alcoholic parent when they were a child. Studies show that children of alcoholics have a greater risk of developing psychological issues, and are at a high risk of developing a dependency on alcohol or drugs. Research has shown that alcoholism runs in families, a child with alcoholic parents is four times as likely to become an alcoholic themselves. Verbal and physical abuse as well as neglect is more common in homes with alcoholic parents. A child who grows up with an alcoholic parent may suffer from some of the following issues:

Depression: The child may feel alone and hopeless.

Guilt: The child may believe they are the reason for their parents drinking. They feel guilty for causing certain issues that are going on in the home.

Embarrassment: The child may feel embarrassed about the actions of their parents. They may avoid inviting friends over the home and going out in social situations in fear of their parent being exposed. This causes isolation and shame.

Anger: The child may feel intense anger toward the alcoholic in the family. They may harbor resentments and display negative behaviors due to their anger. In some instances, the non-alcoholic parents may receive more of the anger from the child.

Confusion: The alcoholic parent may display rapid changes in emotion. They may act differently when they are drinking then when they are not. The child can receive mixed signals becoming confused on the relationship they have with their parents.

The children of alcoholics often try to keep their parent’s problem a secret. They can become resentful and ashamed of what is going on in their life at home. They may try to overcompensate in work or at school by overachieving. This allows a child to get out of themselves by focusing their energies elsewhere. While some of these children look like they are handling their parent’s alcoholism well at a young age, the psychological effects of their parent’s alcoholism may show up later in life. It is recommended that the children of alcoholics seek help from educational programs or fellowships that cater to their situations. Alateen and Al-Anon are fellowships of men and women whom are not alcoholics but grow up around alcoholism. These fellowships help individuals to deal with the issues they face at home. At these fellowship meetings a child of an alcoholic can connect with multiple other children of alcoholics who have been through the same experiences. They can share their experience and hope in order to help another person.



Our mission at The Hills Treatment Center is to offer a unique combination of educational and therapeutic drug and alcohol rehabilitation. In that spirit we present answers to some frequently asked questions. However, don’t stop here. Our knowledgeable and compassionate admissions specialists are available to speak with you personally 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

How do I know if someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol?
Diseases of drug and alcohol addiction are complex and impactful. We encourage you to speak with your physician, or refer to the symptoms checklists offered by respected agencies in the field of addiction research and treatment like The National Institute on Drug Abuse, or NIDA .
What drug and alcohol treatment choices do you offer?
At The Hills, we offer a wide variety of treatment choices ranging from residential drug and alcohol treatment to intensive outpatient treatment, each applying the latest and best addiction treatment therapies. Plus, at every level there are counseling and support groups from which to select to maximize the process of recovery.
Is detoxification a painful experience?
Not if you’re detoxing from drug or alcohol addiction in a residential setting at The Hills, where you’re given round the clock care and attention every step of the way, safe and secure in a private room with counselors, message therapists, and world class chefs to aide and advise you in comfort.
What if your detox program doesn’t work for my needs?
That’s not possible at The Hills Treatment Center because all of our treatment plans are personalized to specifically support the rehabilitation and recovery of each individual client.
Can I receive treatment for more than one addiction?
Yes. The Hills recognizes that many people suffer from multiple addictions compounded by mental and emotional health issues. Our Dual Diagnosis program addresses all of these compounding issues.
Won’t drug and alcohol treatment put me behind at school?
We understand how important it is to achieve your academic goals, but that will not be possible without addresses the challenges of addiction. Through our Young Adults program we will develop a rehabilitation schedule that allows you to continue your education.
What happens to me after detoxification is complete?
You are not left alone after drug or alcohol detox. We offer a myriad of counseling and educational programs to support your rehabilitation and recovery including Relapse Prevention, Sober Living and Sober Companions, Family Outreach, and New Lease on Life.
Who comprises your staff?
The staff here at The Hills is led by eminent addiction expert, Dr. Howard C. Samuels; columnist, published author, television talk-show guest on the leading edge of drug and alcohol treatment modalities. Our team of experienced professionals and paraprofessionals often know first – hand what drug and alcohol treatment and recovery are all about. Our team is here to assist and support you at all times.


A guide to locating appropriate treatment, entering a rehab and more. Includes questions and answers, and a California Drug Rehab Guide.

• Family Involvement • Specific Drugs • Treatment Facilities • Financial Issues • Before Entering Rehab • After Drug Rehab • California Drug Rehab • Legal Issues

About Dr. Howard Samuels

Howard C. Samuels, PsyD is a leading drug and alcohol addiction expert. He is a licensed therapist with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with years of experience running two successful treatment centers, and is the founder of The Hills Treatment Center.

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