The affects of Alcoholism on the Family

Published on July 9th, 2016

Alcoholism is known as the family disease. This is because it does not just affect the alcoholic himself but those closest to him. Making the conscious choice to drink alcohol despite the negative effects on one’s health and life, as well as the lives of those around him, defines alcoholism.

How Alcoholism Affects the Family

Alcoholism affects the family as a whole and each member individually. Families living with alcohol abuse are in unsafe environments, filled with disruptions on normal routines, there is dishonesty and strain on relationships. Alcoholism affects each family member’s outlook on life, changing their attitude and way of thinking, often more dramatically than it does to the drinker himself.

the-affects-of-alcoholism-on-the-familyMany family members of alcoholics will casually accept unacceptable behaviors, making excuses for the alcoholic. Even as the addiction grows, the addict behaviors will become more inappropriate and upsetting but the excuses from family will continue. In just a few short years your family could end up with chaos in the home, that you once would have seen as wrong and sought help if it were happening to another family.

Alcoholism and Children

Children need positive role models and stability in order to thrive. With an alcoholic family member they can lack this, seeing their other parent acting as an enabler and possibly being victims of child abuse. The children in the home will see arguments with parents, affecting their psychological welfare.

The Enabling Spouse

As the spouse of an alcoholic overtime you have found yourself constantly making excuses for their behaviors as it is routine in your home. You care for him so you do not think twice but to cover for him, lie for him and hide the truth. Regardless to how bad the chaos in your home becomes you continue to protect him, it hasn’t occurred to you to ask for help.

When Will Your Loved One Finally Get Help

Alcoholism has drained your family mentally, emotionally, physically and even financially. This disease will continue to progress until your loved one is ready to admit that they have a problem and to ask for help for himself.

Resources and Organizations

  1. Adult Children of Alcoholics
  2. Al-Anon/Alateen
  3. Women for Sobriety
  4. National Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Information Center
  5. Alcoholics Anonymous
  6. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse
  7. Rehab Info
  8. Here To Help
  9. Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locators
  10. The Alcoholism Guide

However, waiting for your loved one to make this choice is not your only option. Family of an alcoholic can begin the recovery process whether their loved one is ready or not. Joining Al-Anon Family group, SMART Recovery Family & Friends, or other outreach organization will give you the support and advice needed to repair yourself and your family. There is hope for your family, you just need to take the first step and ask for help.

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