Drug And Alcohol Abuse Affect An Addicts Ability To Parent
wonder how a person like Britney Spears, who appears to have it all,
would enter into the world of addiction. Non-addicts have difficulty understanding how Britney Spears
can choose to get "high"
over parenting her own children. Many non-addictive people think that
parenting instincts come natural and nothing, including Britney
Drugged, could interfere with a parent's ability to love and raise their children appropriately.
Britney Spears with the help of the media is showing the world how an
addict loses all sense of purpose and what is truly important in life.
Drug and alcohol
abuse often help fill a void in an addict's life
Addicts use drugs and alcohol for
various reasons. Some addicts use drugs and alcohol due to
suffering severe physical or sexual abuse; others cover up painful
childhood memories and others have learned the behavior from their
family environment. Drug and alcohol abuse often help fill a void in
an addict's life. The drugs and alcohol become their best friend;
always around to make them feel good.
typically disregard family, friends and even court orders for drug and
alcohol abuse treatment
Unfortunately the addict does not
think about the people they are hurting the most. The addict does not
see that their actions are not only hurting themselves but are often
hurting the innocent people that care most about them. As we are
witnessing with Britney Spears, the addict only thinks about
themselves and their next high. Britney Spears toxic behavior appears to
show that she does not care about the consequences of her actions, or
inactions. Addicts will typically disregard family, friends and even
court orders for drug and alcohol abuse treatment.
The media is playing
a pivotal role in Britney Spears Toxic Drug And Alcohol Abuse
The public has witnessed the spiral
downfall of an addict. By broadcasting Britney Spears spiral downfall;
the media is playing a pivotal role in her continuing downfall. The
media is feeding into Britney Spears feeling that she is the center of
the universe which is enabling her destructive behavior to continue.
But to ask the media to stop covering the Britney Spears story is an
unrealistic request and ultimately the responsibility for Britney
Spears addiction and getting Britney help lies with Britney Spears.
Getting an addict
the drug and alcohol abuse treatment they need
But for an addict to seek help they
need to hit rock bottom. The addict needs to lose everything to see
how drugs and alcohol abuse has been the cause of everything they have
lost. When addicts become aware of their behavior they can often feel
guilt and shame. This is the crucial time for loved ones to help the
addict get the drug and alcohol abuse treatment they need. Without
drug and alcohol abuse treatment during this crucial time the addict
will likely choose the drugs and alcohol to block the feelings of
shame and guilt rather than choosing the difficult road to recovery.
completion of a drug and alcohol abuse treatment program family and
friends can help
While in drug and alcohol abuse
treatment, addicts like Britney Spears can learn more appropriate
coping skills and discover the reasons why they began using drugs and
alcohol in the first place. An addict cannot enter drug and alcohol
abuse treatment for their family, the court, their attorney or even
their children. Addicts need to seek
help and want to recover for themselves. After successful completion
of a drug and alcohol abuse treatment program family and friends can
help an addict by loving, supporting and encouraging the desired
behavior, but ultimately the desire and decision to stay clean lies
with the addict.
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|Lisa Dunning is a
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Specializing in
Parent/Child Relationship issues, the author of "Good
Parents Bad Parenting: How To Parent Together When Your
Parenting Styles Are Worlds Apart" and the host of her own
radio show, "Life Support". She provides marriage, divorce and parenting
sessions to clientele across the United States and Canada and provides expert
parenting advice to newspaper & magazine columnists. To learn
more about Lisa Dunning visit her website at http://www.LisaDunningMFT.com.