Understanding Chemical Dependency

Understanding Chemical Dependency

Cognitive behavioral therapy exercises encompass a holistic approach to understand mental health that can be traced back to the child’s history.
As a parent, you look after the welfare of your child. However, your child might exhibit certain behaviors or do things that potentially damages their well-being. This specifically hurts the parent who only wants the best for their child.
A study shows 90% of addictions start in the teen years. In this early stage, parents might dismiss, ignore, or even avoid discussing behavioral therapy options. It is therefore important that parents understand why their children engage in such abuse.

  • Family History
    It starts at home. Any family history of drug or alcohol problems increases a child’s risk to have the same problem. This is not about inheriting genes that cause similar behavior. A family history of dependence tends to make available these kinds of damaging activities and that they can also do it as demonstrated by a family member. When family members need additional support, family therapy can be one option.
  • Trauma
    Witnessing or experiencing traumatic events changes a child’s life forever. They are more at risk of acquiring substance abuse later in life. This may be explained partly as a child’s coping mechanism to recover or forget about an upsetting experience. Parents must recognize trauma and its possible effects immediately to get the appropriate support as early as possible.
  • Impulse Control Problems
    Children have different levels of controlling their impulses. When a child exhibits difficulty controlling impulses or even when they are frequently taking risks, they might find it hard to resist impulses as they grow older. The inability to say no or self-regulate engages the child into risky behaviors.

There are many ways to address mental health issues, one of which is group therapy. But, there is no one size fits all in this road to recovery. The program must fit well with the patient.

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