Most Alcoholics live with the delusion their drinking is not effecting or hurting anyone but themselves. An alcoholic affects everyone in their environment from parents, spouses, co-workers and, the saddest of all, are the children. At times the effects lasts a life time.
Children of alcoholics are more vulnerable to emotional problems, addiction, eating disorders,and relationship problems.
Many adult children of alcoholics or addicts find it difficult to give themselves a break. They do not feel adequate, and feel that they are never good enough. They may have little self-worth and low self-esteem and can develop deep feelings of inadequacy.
So the next time you are feeling sorry for yourself and considering taking a drink, because it doesn’t hurt anyone but you, take a good look around you. Especially at the most innocent, your children. For those of you with no children, look good at the pets you so claim to love, the neglect and loneliness in its eyes.
Its never to late to seek help. Call your nearest AA hotline today. Stop hurting yourself and the ones that depend on you.Cessation of drinking is but the first step away from a highly strained, abnormal condition. A doctor said to us,” Years of living with an alcoholic is almost sure to make any wife or child neurotic. The entire family is, to some extent, ill.” Let families realize, as they start their journey, that all will not be fair weather. Each in his turn may be footsore and may straggle. BB page 122 “Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you.” H. Jackson Brown, Jr. Alkies.org