The biology of addiction – ignoring parental alcoholism
|August 2, 2011||Filled under Articles/Research|
From the NY Times comes an article on the biology of addiction. The recent death of Amy Winehouse has many talking again about addiction and the underlying causes. And yet one of the single biggest drivers – parental and other family alcoholism – is completely ignored.
The NY Times is a great paper, and even they miss the boat on this. It is time for the media to acknowledge that parents impact their kids. We need to build an understanding that treating alcoholics should include treating their kids. If we can start addressing the factors now that drive the alcoholism in their kids later, then the parents and their kids will be much better off in the long term.