The Generational Impact of Addiction

Blog-The Generational Impact of Addiction

Addiction is vicious. Not only does substance abuse rewire our brains for the worse, it is also a relationship killer.

Instead of handing down the classic car or the childhood home, some parents are bequeathing their children a future of internal torment. Is the cause physiological or psychological? The answer is unclear. What is clear is that when it comes to addiction, we need to be thinking about our children’s future as much as our own.

In brain SPECT scans of patients struggling with addiction we often see global damage to the brain, including the frontal lobes (which control executive functioning skills like planning, attention span, and impulse control) and in the temporal lobes (which are involved in memory, mood, and understanding speech). Depression is a brain illness, and SPECT scans of patients suffering from anxiety and depression demonstrate several different patterns of brain activity.

Time and again we have seen the generational toll of addiction. We have compassion for all who are involved. The question is, how can you intervene and break the cycle of not only addiction, but also depression, which so often leads to addiction?

Our Recommendations

We have three immediate recommendations to any parent and their adult children who are ready to break the cycle of addiction and depression and start reversing damage that has been done.

Get an Assessment of Your Brain

At Amen Clinics, our full evaluation includes a detailed history, cognitive testing and two brain SPECT studies (at rest and during a concentration task). SPECT (single-photon emission computerized tomography) is a special kind of image of the brain that gives doctors crucial information. How can you change your brain if you do not know anything about it?

Get The Support You Need

You don’t have to be an addict or a manic to have a hard time making change. Major life changes are very difficult for many people. Studies have shown that those who surround themselves with a support group are far more likely to have success implementing major changes.

Accept Hope

In our thirty years, we have collectively performed over 150,000 scans on patients from 120 countries, we have seen many cases of addiction, depression, brain trauma, and illness. But you must know that we have seen an equal or greater amount of recovery, repair and re-engagement with life in patients who had almost given up on the possibility of getting better. The brain is complicated and delicate, but it is also resilient beyond explanation.

We Can Help

We urge you to accept that there is hope. When you do that, taking action to break the cycle is the natural next step. The Amen Clinics biomedical evaluation is part of The Amen Clinics Method approach to mental and physical health. We treat each patient as an individual, and take a full personal history before beginning SPECT imaging or recommending any treatment program. Call us today at 888-288-9834 or schedule an appointment online.


  1. How much would a consultantation run with SPECT? My son is 15 years old who has depression and anxiety. Do you all take Presbyterian Insurance?


    Lucy Acosta

    Comment by Lucy Acosta — June 21, 2018 @ 8:15 PM

  2. Hi Lucy, we’d be happy to have a Care Coordinator reach out to you via email to discuss treatment options, insurance, and additional options for financing or reimbursement. Thank you for reaching out.

    Comment by Amen Clinics — June 22, 2018 @ 9:05 AM

  3. How much does a brain scan cost? My son is 22 to and since a car accident at 16yo he has struggled with increased depression, addiction and didn’t finish high school. I am disabled and cannot insure him so he has no insurance.

    Comment by Eleanor — July 5, 2018 @ 3:42 PM

  4. I am interested in finding out more on brain imaging and overall brain health assessment for not only myself, but for my fiance. He is an addict (alcohol/nicotine/and) and his behavior is destroying our relationship. I am unable to predict when or where he will drink and it is always to excess. Please help me understand the addiction as a disease. Is there any hope for a secure stable future with this man? When he is sober he is a wonderful human being. I’m broken hearted. Thank you

    Comment by Rosemary — October 28, 2018 @ 4:41 AM

  5. I live in the province of Ontario, Canada. Where is your closed Amen Clinic ??

    Comment by Esther — October 28, 2018 @ 4:31 PM

  6. Hello Esther, thank you for reaching out. We have 8 clinic locations: We have a location in New York City, NY as well as Bannockburn, IL.

    Comment by Amen Clinics — October 29, 2018 @ 12:41 PM


    Comment by deborah durham — October 29, 2018 @ 8:35 PM

  8. while I am a huge fan, in reality, this is really a treatment process for people who have lots of cash.
    many people who really need it will never be helped (by you people) .
    if you add aging, ridiculous health and dental costs as you age. our society is really not very supportive.

    Comment by gp — November 13, 2018 @ 8:40 PM

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