Alcohol abuse, illegal drug use, obsessive gambling, and smoking are just a handful of addiction problems that plague our culture. There are far too many addictions to list in one article, that is how bad addiction has become today. Is it because we are more aware of addictions or is it because of something else?
Humans are born to attach. When the attachment doesn’t happen to another person, they turn to other things for that bond, which creates addiction.
Are you practicing Attachment Parenting methods so that your child is less likely to become an addict? Do you suffer from addiction that may have been caused by detached parenting? Solutions to both of these questions can be found below.
Research studies have shown that securely attached children are less likely to use drugs.
Research studies have shown that securely attached children, meaning their parents used Attachment Parenting styles (whether they know it or not) are less likely to use drugs.
This research also showed that kids who did not experience attachment to a parent or caregiver because of the parenting methods used, were more likely to use drugs. It is imperative that parents, who want to keep their kids from using drugs and other adddictive behaviors, use Attachment Parenting practices.
There is a huge population of children in our society today that are more susceptible to drug addiction. Studies such as this one discussed in Psychology Today show that as much as 40% of all children may be insecurity attached to their parent or caregiver. This is scary for our society! Knowing that research shows that drug addiction is correlated with insecurely attached children, parents must be more vigilant to actively practice Attachment Parenting Methods.
How to practice Attachment Parenting to prevent addictive behaviors in your children?
Many parents practice Attachment Parenting without even knowing it. However since studies show 40% of kids are insecurely attached then more parents need to know about Attachment Parenting. Awareness about these parenting methods is key in spreading the message that our kids need Attachment Parenting to prevent drug use. There are some very practical ways that Attachment Parenting can be practiced with your young children.
This LifeHack article describes 6 ways parents can practice Attachment Parenting:
- Feed on Demand.
- Practice Empatheic Care.
- Be Physically Close using Touch.
- Be Attentive to Baby’s Needs.
- Show Consistent Care.
There is an entire body of research online regarding Attachment Parenting, proving it is successful in creating well adjusted children and adults. There are also entire organizations and support networks available to parents and caregivers who want to actively pursue Attachmeant Parenting.
Here are some of those resources:
If you have an insecurely attached or detached child, you can still help him/her.
There are not many psychiatric diagnoses that apply to infants. Reactive Attachment Disorser (also known as RAD) is one that does apply to infants and is defined in the DSM-IV as a disorder in infants or children where the child is detached because of failure of the caregiver to provide adequate care and comfort during early childhood. You may be wondering what the specific criterion are for diagnosing RAD, so here they are from The Trauma Dissociation Website:
If you think your child fits the criteron for this diagnosis please seek professional help. A psychologist or psychiatrist can best help with this disorder and can even help the parent or caregiver with attachment methods. It is better to catch this disorder while they are young, as by the time they are six years old it becomes harder to identify this diagnosis, as it manifests in other manners.
One major way is RAD manifests itself as a person gets older is through addiction.
If you think you have an addiction caused by detached parenting, don’t be afraid to seek for help.
You can’t go on blaming your parents for your problems your whole life. Eventually you have to accept responsibility for your future. Take responsibility for your addiction by being solution oriented to kick the addiction. The first step to addiction recovery is admitting you have a problem. The next step is to get help.
Research has shown that the best treatment for addiction is group therapy, as so many addictions are related to failure to attach to people.
Group therapy provides an outlet for healing and attachment at the same time. In order to be successful in the recovery process you need to make yourself vulnerable by sharing. This vulnerability is what helps you bond to others in the group.
By utilizing group therapy methods and understanding that there is an underlying cause to the addiction makes therapy much more hopeful. The label of alcoholism as “a disease” makes it seem as though it can be incurable. It is curable, and there are root causes. Failure of Attachment (or undiagnosed RAD) in the early years of life is one cause. Researchers who examined this topic of substance abuse stated the following:
Attachment theory–based clinical treatment of this disorder could both diminish symptoms and cure the incurable.
Most group methods utilize attachment methods, as they are encouraging group interactions and bonding through group share. If you think your addiction is related to early childhood lack on attachment or RAD then you will find group therapy helpful to your healing.
Here are some resources for finding Groups that help with addiction:
- Go to the Alcholics Anonymous website to find a group that meets in your area
- The Drug Abuse website provides a search tool for finding treatment programs and groups near you
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|||^||NCBI: The mediational pathway among parenting styles, attachment styles and self-regulation with addiction susceptibility of adolescents*|
|||^||Psychology Today: Study Shows That 40% of U.S. Kids Are Insecurely Attached|
|||^||Trauma Dissociation: Reactive Attachment Disorder|
|||^||Taylor & Francis Online: Conflict and Repair in Addiction Treatment|
|||^||Taylor & Francis Online: Attachment Theory and Substance Abuse|