ALCOHOLISM AND FAMILY
Where do I start my story? When my son was about 15/16 years old he started giving us trouble at home. He became volatile, critical and sour to have around. It kind of crept up slowly though—not an overnight thing. He had friends I didn’t like and he lied a lot, which I would find out about later.
I recently heard an interesting story on the radio of a family torn apart, one child growing up with a solid and sober father, while another brother grew up with a drunken mother.
When someone goes to rehab it is normal to think of the physical and mental affects that this person will be relieved of, by withdrawing and detoxifying from drugs or alcohol . What is sometimes overlooked is how widespread the help truly reaches.
Most people are aware of the ravages drugs play on the user both physically and mentally. How it affects the whole family is sometimes less thought about. When things get more dramatic, such as child abuse, the effects are more evident, but what about the insidious smaller effects?