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What to do about your family's addiction genes
09-02   What to do about your family’s addiction genes

“Many children of addicts live against the grain of that upbringing, swearing off any substances that could be abused,” writes Robert Yagoda in his article on U.S. News & World Report. But is this avoidance a practical measure in the face of a truly heightened risk of addiction or is it an unnecessary reaction? “That […]

A family disease: Why good intentions of codependency don’t help
04-26   A family disease: Why good intentions of codependency don’t help

The term “codependency” is frequently used in the substance abuse literature as a way to describe the enabling behaviors exhibited by the spouses and children of alcoholics (COAs). In 1986, Timmen Cermak, M.D., president of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACOA) and assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San […]

A family disease: Children of alcoholics face challenges and risks
04-19   A family disease: Children of alcoholics face challenges and risks

Growing up with a parent who abuses alcohol can be a frightening experience for a young child. Parents who have alcohol abuse or dependence are more likely to be physically, emotionally and psychologically abusive or neglectful toward their children, or they may fail to return home at night or get arrested because they are too […]

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