Alcohol Addiction Counselor Sends Sobering Message To Parents

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Alcohol is in movies…music… and TV shows…

So why not have it at birthday parties, quinceañeras, weddings even funerals.

Depending on who you talk to, it’s perfectly fine…but to an addiction counselor… it is part of a culture creating a cycle of generational substance abusers.

Cameron County Recovery Center adult treatment counselor Fernando Lozano said “alcohol seems to be the more prevalent one [substance] but it’s in competition with marijuana and the cocaine”

He explains the cycle of addiction in some cases as; mom and dad drink then offer a sip of beer to their son or daughter, then the child becomes an adolescent with drinking issues and is ‘ok’ with experimenting with synthetic marijuana and/or other substances.

Chances are if you have a meeting with Lozano, you’ve broken a law and are at the recovery center under court order. On rare occasions, addicts will turn go to the recovery center voluntarily.

Often abusers do not know their addicts, partly because there is more than one type of addict.

“We have a combination of the people that are predisposed and those that make themselves addicts out of continual use…  they’ll start to lose weight because of malnutrition and poor hygiene.” Said Lozano.

In some case, family members can be the enabler. Lozano explains “they [family members] don’t think it’s harmful for them to be using in the back yard but some families, out of ignorance, allow the drug use because they don’t realize they’re going to end up harming the individuals while they’re harming themselves with the substances… and here come the crimes… the violence the negative behavior.

There are multiple drug and alcohol treatment plans; including an 8 week outpatient plan.

“but for some people it’s sad to say once group is over they might step out these doors might be waiting for them…”

And those “friends or family members” could be putting them back in a negative environment.”

It’s a repeat cycle that affects the individual and the family… and in some cases… teaches children the unhealthy habit is acceptable.

If you or someone you know is in need of treatment contact the Cameron County Recovery Center at (956) 574-0452.

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