Alcohol And The Effect On The Family


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Alcohol And The Effect On The Family

  1. 1. By : Brian D. Carter<br />Alcohol and the Effect on the Family<br />
  2. 2. 1 in 4 children in America are exposed to alcoholism.<br />violence, marital conflict, infidelity, jealousy, economic insecurity, divorce, and fetal alcohol effect <br />brings its own chaos into the family system<br />Negative Effects on the Family <br />
  3. 3. The alcoholic<br />The caretaker/enabler<br />The scapegoat<br />The hero<br />The mascot/cheerleader<br />The lost child <br />Firm roles and enabling behaviors are adopted by family members<br />
  4. 4. Center of the problem<br />Person with the addiction to alcohol<br />The Alcoholic<br />
  5. 5. loses his/her sense of self in tasks of a domestic nature<br />purpose is to maintain appropriate appearances to the outside world<br />takes on physical symptoms, such as headaches, stomachaches, and backaches<br />inner feelings of being hurt, despair, anger, pain, guilt, fear, inadequacy, and self doubt<br />The caretaker/enabler<br />
  6. 6. accomplishments compensate for the alcoholic’s behavior<br />excel in academics, athletics, music or theatre<br />Purpose is to raise the self esteem of the family<br />Inner feelings can include guilt, hurt, inadequacy, confusion, and frustration. <br />The Hero<br />
  7. 7. Becomes the family problem<br />has issues with authority figures, and negative consequences with the law, school, and home<br />Purpose is to put the focus on them rather than on the alcohol<br />Known to act out sexually<br />The scapegoat<br />
  8. 8. labeled as a class clown in school<br />purpose is to provide cheerfulness to the family<br />helps the family avoid hurt and pain<br />have difficulty with intimacy in relationships and they avoid getting serious<br />Inner feelings of fear, guilt, anxiety, insecurity, confusion, and unidentified depression <br />The Mascot<br />
  9. 9. disappears from the activity of the family<br />purpose is to not place added demands on the family system by being extremely low maintenance<br />inner feelings of emptiness, loneliness, hurt, sad, confused, fearful, and inadequate<br />The lost child<br />
  10. 10. characterized by tension, fear, and shame feelings<br />experience chaos, uncertainty, instability, inconsistent discipline<br />emotional and physical neglect, arguments, instability of parents’ marriage, disorganization, and violence and/or physical and sexual abuse<br />emptiness, loneliness, the terror of repeated abandonment, or the witnessing of violence or abuse to others<br />Family Environment<br />
  11. 11. Fraser, C. & McIntyre, A. (2009). Exploring the Impact of Parental Drug/Alcohol Problems. British Journal of Social Work, 39, 5, 846-867. <br />In all our Affairs: Making Crisis Work for You. (1990). New York: Al-Anon Family Group. <br />Lawson, A.W. (1998). Alcoholism in the Family: A Guide to Treatment and Prevention. Gaithersburg, Md. Aspen Publishers.<br />Orford, J. & Harwin, J. (1982). Alcohol and the family. London: Croom Helm. <br />Pittman, D. (1967). Alcoholism. New York: Harper and Row. <br />Wegscjeider-Cruse, S. (1981). Another Chance: Hope and Health for the Alcoholic <br />Family. Palto Alto, Ca: Science and Behavior Books. <br />References<br />