Alcoholism and families is a relationship that has existed for centuries. Since man was first able to turn water into wine, or more appropriately grapes into wine, those with a propensity of addiction have found themselves with a severe problem. More often than not, this same problem has affected both the lives of the alcoholic and their family. Sometimes, one’s children are even thrown into the mix. All of this is quite unfortunate, but it gives proof to the fact that alcoholism is a disease and requires treatment. Although, in ancient times, it was more of a social illness; the world today has and does recognize it as an illness that can be medicated by medical and recovery professionals.
What causes alcoholism? This is a great question. It has probably been asked as many times as how the weather is today. Decades ago, there was no solid answer; simply that the person is an alcoholic, who likes to drink too much and cannot control it. Well, now that technology has advanced, doctors have been able to study the brain in a manner which shows that the alcoholic mind differs than the average person’s. Their cognitive reactions and functions are skewed and quite varied in the presence and lack of alcohol. How they perceive and react to emotions and stimulation is not the same as a “normal” person. Yet, a true cause for alcoholism has yet to surface, some say it’s a family disease; but it does appear to be an innate and latent propensity and characteristic of some individuals.
Fortunately, in situations like these, treatment for alcohol abuse is readily available. There are a wide variety of options available, all across the world, which does their best to help alcoholics achieve sobriety. As far as a cure is concerned, total abstinence has appeared to be the only real method.