absence from family get-togethers, the late nights out, the
missed work - despite everything .... it's just as hard to
admit to yourself (as it is for the them) that a loved one
may be an alcoholic.
just part of the classic "enabling
behavior" in which many families of alcoholics may
find themselves trapped - sometimes described as a roller-coaster ride of conflicting emotions.
ever lived through the experience, you know it's difficult
at best dealing with the tangled feelings inherent in dealing
with an alcoholic loved one, including the endless rounds
of guilt and finger-pointing, or of hopelessness,
anger and betrayal, and embarrassment mixed with love.
scientists still do not know what exactly causes alcoholism.
Research has suggested that
alcoholism may be passed down from generation to generation. As
a result, children
of alcoholics may be predisposed to an "alcoholism
gene" that may effect their ability to handle alcohol responsibly.
Web, discover the latest research and studies, find out how
others are coping, and connect with families of alcoholics
in chats, forums and message boards. You can also link up with
associations and organizations which are there to assist,
and get expert tips offering help to family members affected by alcoholism ...
More about families & children of alcoholics around the Web:
There an Alcoholic in Your Life?
- The premiere source of information from AA, with an introduction
to alcoholism for family and loved ones including expert information
on understanding the disease, when and how to seek help for the
alcoholic. Also available in downloadable PDF format.
with an Alcoholic Parent - Focusing on the needs of
teens featuring facts and information on understanding why
parents drink, dealing with guilt issues, recognizing the
problem, what children can do to help including support contact
info, related links and resources.
& Alateen - Two offshoots of Alcoholics Anonymous
geared specifically to those who live with alcoholism described
as a "family disease" that affects those closest
to the alcoholic, with information for newcomers, facts on
how to cope, and details on where to attend support meetings
in the U.S., Canada and internationally.
- Major UK organization for families and children of alcoholics
with advice and information, facts and statistics on the coping
with the disease, helpline info, how to volunteer, related