Alcoholism is destructive to those closest to the alcoholic, and it affects families in several different ways. Many times, rehabilitating an alcoholic is only one part of the process of healing a home. Family members may also need support and counseling.
Alcoholic families suffer from a range of problems. Spouses can live in constant conflict. Children may develop low self-esteem, loneliness and fear of abandonment. Infants may even be born with lifelong birth defects. When support is not sought out, the results can be severe.
Alcohol abuse can lead to many family problems. These are a few of the most prominent:
- Conflict between spouses
- Domestic violence
- Economic hardships
- Isolation or divorce
- Fetal alcohol syndrome – Click here to find out more about this condition.