Alcoholic Family Recovery

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“Addiction, Alcoholism, and the Family” Counseling and Addictions Treatment Psychology 251 Professor Manzione Paul Oestreicher “Addiction, Alcoholism, and the Family” Alcohol is a widely used addictive substance that is legally available, though it is a potent drug. What is the cost when a person becomes addicted to alcohol? Substance abuse, in the form of alcohol abuse and dependency affects not only the individual alcoholic, but also their entire family. What can the alcoholic and their family members do to eliminate the “problem” and to bring the “healing” that they all need? Total family recovery and healing, looking primarily at Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.), is going to be the main focus. There are many choices that will have to be made, so let us start by defining the problem. According to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, there are just over 306 million people in the United States. (U.S. Pop Clock Projection, 2009) It has been estimated that nearly 70…show more content…
One book was called “The Alcoholic Family in Recovery: A Developmental Model”, and I believe it was very aptly named. (Boyd) The recovering alcoholic family is and always will be a work in progress. Each member has things in their lives that they have to open up and deal with. The scars of alcohol abuse run deep, not only physically and psychologically, but also through every avenue of each family member’s heart to their very soul. Only through a lot of hard work, love, perseverance, guidance, and prayer can an alcoholic and their family heal, grow, and love again. Works cited – Alcoholics Anonymous. Alcoholic Anonymous World Services, Inc. 2001. Print American Heritage Stedmans Medical Dictionary, The. Houghton Mifflin Co. 2002. Print Encyclopedia of Psychology. Corsin, Raymond J., Ed. Vol. 1. p. 89. 2003.
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