Family is Tricky!
Family is Tricky.
Family really knows how to push your buttons, and they know how better than anyone. They know how because they created them and they installed them.
Family relationships can be tricky in the best of times. Add the tornado of addiction/alcoholism, and things can spiral out of control in a flash.
I want to be clear. My upbringing is not the reason I drank. My Mom and Dad didn’t drink like I did. But my Mom’s Dad did. And my Mom learned her behavior from her alcoholic father. I don’t know about my great-grandparents or great-great-grandparents, but learned behaviors (good and bad) stretch back through time.
Because I have made the lifestyle changes I have in recovery, my children have never seen me drink, much less drunk. They will be the first generation I am aware of in our family tree that doesn’t have active alcoholism in their upbringing. As I said, my parents are not why I drank. But my behaviors reflect my upbringing. My children have sober parents, and I believe that my children’s identity will not include some of the traits I used to exhibit. My kids may be the first generation in my family that doesn’t have to repeat the mistakes of their ancestors.
Synergistic can help your family through the old pathways and show you different routes. Our team of professionals can often clarify reactions and behaviors that make no sense.
Please allow us to help you and your family’s future generations break free of this cycle.