Joe has been increasing his alcohol use for several years, and now he’s drinking an entire bottle of wine or more, four to five nights a week. He doesn’t think he’s impaired; after all he’s built up a high tolerance. But his family is angry and embarrassed. Joe doesn’t drink at work, so he doesn’t think he has a problem. “So what if I like to have a couple of glasses of wine at the end of the week or on Saturday night”. He’s not like his uncle and his mother who drank heavily during the day and died from liver failure. But his family has an entirely different story about his alcohol use.... Read More
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Nearly every week, I hear from a distressed parent how frustrated they are with their adolescent or young adult’s drug or alcohol abuse. They feel as if they are hitting their head against the wall. They tell me that they have tried everything. They have lectured, begged, cajoled, threatened, provided pamphlets, talked to their pastor, recommended drug rehab programs, tried to set limits, made their kids take drug tests, talked to school counselors, and prayed. They don’t know what to do to help their son or daughter see that they have a problem.
For example, Joe, a teenager,... Read More
Every year, I see scores of children who live with an alcoholic parent. With millions of alcoholics in our country, there are millions more family members who live with a mother, father, husband or wife who has a drinking problem. I hear their sad stories, filled with shame, anger, and hurt. This experience leaves life long scars.
Recently, I talked to a youngster whose father had been through inpatient alcohol treatment several times, but continued to abuse alcohol. He shared me with his story, and he gave me permission to share it with my readers. Here it is, in excerpted form.... Read More