Addiction is sneaky. It begins as a way to feel better, relax or to party a little with friends. As time passes, it begins to take a little more to feel the same way a little used to make you feel.
The UK Telegraph recently asked, “Why does tolerating alcohol become so much harder when we’re middle-aged?” To answer that, we thought we’d first examine middle-age itself. What is this mysterious phase of our existence, when the bloom of youth has faded and our bodies begin to warn us that we’re not immortal?
Alcohol addiction in one family member impacts the rest. The consequences of the disorder doesn’t stay contained within a single person. The condition affects how the sufferer acts around others, externalizing the problem and creating new problems.
People in the throes of addiction sometimes behave in ways that are contrary to social norms. When they lie or steal to get the substance needed to prevent their painful withdrawal symptoms, or when their behavior is aggressive or paranoid because of their substance use, people who know and love them sometimes have difficulty maintaining compassion and sympathy.
On September 14, 2020, the National Institutes of Health released a disturbing report showing that individuals with substance use disorders are more likely to get COVID-19 and suffer more serious complications from it.