Alcohol Rehab in Pennsylvania
Little Creek Lodge Alcohol Treatment Center
What is Alcoholism?
Alcoholism is widely recognized as a disease of compulsive drinking, which can be arrested, but not cured. It is a progressive illness, which will get only worse as long as the person continues to drink. Total abstinence from drinking is the only way to arrest the disease. Alcoholism affects the entire family. Indeed, everyone who has contact with the alcoholic is affected. Unfortunately, the only person who can stop the alcoholic from drinking is the alcoholic himself.
Who are alcoholics?
They can be anyone, from any and all backgrounds and walks of life. Over 95% of alcoholics have families, friends, and jobs. They may function fairly well, but some part of their life is suffering. Their drinking causes a continuing and growing problem in their lives and the people surrounding them.
How do alcoholics affect families and friends?
Alcoholism is a family disease. The disease affects all those who have a relationship with an alcoholic. Those of us closest to the alcoholic suffer the most, and those who care the most can easily get caught up in the behaviors of another person. We react to the alcoholic’s behavior. We focus on him, what he does, where he is, how much he drinks. We try to control his drinking. We take on the blame, guilt, and shame that really belong to the drinker. We can become as addicted to the alcoholic as the alcoholic is to alcohol. We, too, can become ill.
The alcoholic controls the family through guilt, victimization, or parent-splitting. The alcoholic finds someone in the family to take care of them, and then the family begins to fight amongst themselves over the alcoholic.