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Family Ideals in the 1950s: The Shaping of Addiction How hiding alcoholism and abuse from the home in the 1950s helped to shape the onset of addictive behavior in children.

The baby boomer generation has struggled with addiction at alarming rates, and there are a handful of theories as to why this may be. Baby boomers were born after the Second World War. Their parents had made it through the great depression, a horrendous war and were becoming stable and secure in their newly established […]

Amusement, Addiction and Drug Abuse

There are a handful of things that are truly valued in the United States. We place value on accomplishments, on materials and ultimately on our own pleasure. If something is fun, then it is worth our time, our money and our energy. We spend billions of dollars every year to attend sporting events, to visit […]

Addictive Behaviors of the Baby Boomer Generation

The baby boomers are the largest generation ever to move through our society. Born following world-war two, the baby boomers are trend setters in a lot of regards. The historical perspective of the 1960s, the 1970s and the 1980s are all thanks to the baby boomers, and at each stage of development this generation has […]

Addiction and the American Dream What constitutes the American Dream, and what does addiction have to do with it?

In the 1950s and 1960s, when the baby-boom generation was growing up, a number of factors converged to create the climate in which their quick-fix mentality took hold on a widespread basis.

This was the start of the “American Dream.” It came out of an era of canned food and pre-sliced bread and led to […]

Understanding Addictive Culture

From an addictive family to an addictive society, there are certain things everyone should understand about our interactions with each other and the influence we all have on another person’s behaviors—especially those concerning alcoholism and drug abuse.

Just as the addictive family fails to model effective problem solving skills, so does the addictive society. […]

The Image of Addiction

The desire to project a certain image is one of the highest contributing factors to alcoholism and abuse. Often with the addictive personality, we find an underlying belief that “I am not enough.” This often manifests through self-image concerns, including deep dissatisfaction with the way one looks, sounds and feels.

In a society based largely […]

Family Trauma, Abuse and Addiction

Children born into families who have a history or current problem with addiction are often subject to some form of trauma or abuse. Trauma refers to any negative experience or shock that has a lasting and profound impression on psychological development and wellbeing.

Trauma may be overt or hidden, and the effects of family trauma […]

The Development of the Addictive Personality

The addictive personality doesn’t just spontaneously develop. Certain experiences that a person may experience as a child will set them up for addiction later in life. By introducing and reinforcing addictive beliefs, the environment a child grows up in will influence their way of interacting with the world around them.

Without the interruption of addiction-generating […]

The Emotional Precursor to Addiction

Physiological addiction is often prompted during adulthood by repeated exposure to an addictive substance or behavior. However, there is an emotional component to addiction that commonly develops during childhood, long before the first indication ofalcoholism and abuse. In many situations, this underlying emotional issue is directly associated with family life.

The environment that fosters addiction […]

Rules of the Addictive Family

The addictive family isn’t always plagued withalcoholism and abuse. In many situations, there are no signs of ill-will or an unsafe atmosphere. However, deep within the family dynamic there is a level of emotional instability that deeply affects every member of the household.

There are a collection of “rules” that typically evolve in these households, […]

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