How Addiction In Parents Affects The Household

A woman’s child comes to school, failing to act the same as the rest of his/her peers-but instead remains unengaged. The rest of the kids are full of excitement, as they circle the playground time and time again. But even so, this does little in getting the attention of the one-child who has isolated himself/herself from the rest of his/her classmates. The other students struggle to discern what’s wrong with him/her at their age, and resume in their game of hide and seek. Yet in doing so, fail to understand what is going on at home for the child they have deemed as nothing short of an outcast. 

The above scenario paints a possible picture of what it is like for children who are affected by the substance abuse of a parent. Consequently, some may believe that the addict is only hurting himself/herself, but when he/she has another life to take care of besides his/her own, he/she is hurting him/her as well. This doesn’t just go for children from preschool through elementary school, but pre-teens as well, as they begin to lose more and more focus on their work at hand. In turn, the attentiveness they may have once had while at school may replace itself with anxiety, depression, and other similar health issues-as a result of the stress they may feel while in the presence of their parent(s). 

In addition to such, a child seeing his/her parents engage in substance abuse can serve as a breeding ground for future addiction. When growing up, a child looks at his/her parent—and/or parents—as role model(s). But when the environment is unsafe by way of harmful—and/or negative—behaviors this can impact the learning behavior of the child. Depending on how young he/she is, he/she may pick up on these particular stimulants, and carry them with him/her as he/she continues to develop. He/she might even begin to think that it is healthy to deal with emotional issues—through substance abuse—because that is what he/she has been taught via his/her environment. 

In conclusion, if a parent is struggling with substance abuse—via drugs, alcohol, or both—it is best that he/she gets the help that he/she needs early on. In doing so, she is not only helping himself/herself—and improving his/her well being—but the wellbeing of his/her child. He/she can then find himself/herself fully engaged and present in the life of his/her child. And as a result, the parent will not only be a whole lot happier but the child as well.

The Health Risks Of Video Game Addiction

Oftentimes, video games are a big pastime for individuals who either want to master—and/or beat—the game itself, or want to escape reality. Some may even find themselves feeling free from a current situation—and/or circumstance—that they are having difficulty dealing with, and/or see as problematic. But, when this turns from the occasional pastime to several hours on a daily basis, what was once an escape, can soon turn into a trap, as it begins to consume a huge amount of their time. In turn there are two factors in which video game addiction can stem from—and/or be associated with—which are listed as follows; one is standard video games, while the other is multiplayer video games.

Therefore, one can take the gamer, and the gamer’s preference, and see as to why they enjoy the game itself, and/or analysis how the game serves as their means of escape. For some, they may find themselves reaching goals in a virtual reality which they feel as though they can’t do otherwise, or they might even find themselves wanting to be the top player, and/or the best of the best. Consequently, no matter whether their “need” to game stems from the competition, or other factors, this can cause not just emotional and mental health risks, but can also be detrimental to their physical health as well.

One of the biggest ways in which we see this is through fatigue, migraines, and/or eye strains that the individual is faced when they begin to take part in gaming. For, as they stare at the screen for long periods of time they may find this to cause a significant amount of problems to their vision, not only presently, but in their future. Yet unfortunately, the eye strain is not noticeable, and many oftentimes dismiss such. But, the consequences that follow such can be very grave, as they may result in eye damage, mild or severe.

In conclusion, if one feels as though they are suffering from an addiction to gaming, he/she shouldn’t be afraid to reach out for help as soon as possible, before the gaming consumption worsens. It is then that he/she can begin to regain his/her life back, and begin to come to terms with the underlying cause—and/or source—of his/her gaming addiction. It isn’t until the root of the problem is found, that it can be uprooted, so that he/she can begin anew.