Alcohol Abuse Within the FamilyJun 15, 2023
Written by a CSUCI student.
Alcoholism is a destructive disease that can have far-reaching effects on the individual struggling with addiction, as well as their loved ones. My uncle's story is a tragic and real example of how alcohol can become an escape for people who are struggling with emotional pain and frustration. This blog will explore my uncle's journey with alcoholism, how it has affected him and his family, and the steps that can be taken to help individuals struggling with addiction.
My uncle's struggle with alcohol addiction began in his childhood. The divorce of his parents and their absence from his life left him feeling lost and alone. To cope with the emotional pain, he turned to alcohol as a way to escape. Unfortunately, this coping mechanism eventually became a full day to day addiction that he has struggled with throughout his life.
My uncle's addiction has caused significant problems for him, particularly in his relationships with family members. When he is under the influence of alcohol, he becomes unpredictable, causing tension and discomfort at family events. His behavior has caused rifts in relationships, and it has been challenging for his family members to support him through his struggles. Despite the family's best efforts to help him, including sending him to rehab programs and providing him with good jobs to keep him occupied, my uncle has struggled to stay sober. He has had periods of sobriety, but they have been short-lived, and he always seems to find his way back to alcohol. This cycle of sobriety and relapse has been a source of great frustration for his family, who have had to pick up the pieces of his addiction.
My uncle's addiction has also had a profound effect on his daughters. His inability to provide for them financially meant that other family members had to step in to support them through college. His addiction also strained their relationship with their father, which can have long-term effects on their emotional and mental health. My cousin, who is the daughter of my uncle, recently got married. My cousin told her father that he can only attend her wedding under three simple conditions. The first condition is that he cannot drink alcohol at all. The second condition is that he dresses nicely. The third condition is that he does not talk to his dad, my grandpa, because they always argue and they’ve recently parted ways. After hearing those three conditions, my uncle replied with, “Then I’m not f**king going.” My uncle did not attend his own daughter's wedding because of not being able to drink, along with the other conditions. The other conditions were made because of the drinking. All the issues and parting ways with family members has been because of alcohol.
It is essential to recognize that addiction is a disease that requires professional help and support to overcome. It is not something that can be overcome overnight, and it takes time and effort to recover fully. In my uncle’s case it is not something that can be done over the next few months, and at this point it seems that it would take a year and or even a couple to overcome his addiction, because we’ve seen time and time again that not even a couple of months will do. There are many different types of treatment available for individuals struggling with addiction, such as counseling, therapy, rehab, and medication. One of the most effective ways to help someone struggling with addiction is through intervention. An intervention is a carefully planned process in which family members and friends come together to encourage the individual to seek help. This process can be challenging, and it is essential to work with a trained professional to ensure that it is done correctly.
Another critical aspect of recovery from addiction is creating a supportive community. This can include family members, friends, support groups, and other individuals who understand the struggles of addiction. Having a supportive community can make a significant difference for recovery, as it provides a sense of accountability and a source of encouragement. It is important to recognize that recovery from addiction is not the same process for everyone. What works for one person may not work for another. It is essential to find a treatment program that fits the individual's needs and addresses the primary issues contributing to their addiction.
In conclusion, my uncle's journey with alcohol addiction is a strong reminder of how destructive addiction can be to someone's life. His struggle with emotional pain and trauma led him down a path of addiction that has caused pain and hardship for him and his family. However, it is important to remember that addiction is a disease that can be overcome with the right support and treatment. Recovery from addiction is a long and challenging process, but it is possible. It requires a commitment to change, a willingness to seek help, and a supportive community. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, do not hesitate to reach out for help. There are many resources available, including treatment programs, support groups, and counseling services. With the right support and determination, it is possible to overcome addiction and build a better life. I wish my uncle the best, and I hope that later on in life, the next time I see and hear from him, he’s a different man and healed and I will always love him no matter what.
Addiction is treatable. For help and resources in Ventura County, visit https://vcbh.org/en/programs-services/substance-use-services.