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Alcoholism is a family disease!
February 22, 2006
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Alcoholism is a family disease!
Those of us who have lived with this disease as children sometimes have problems. The Al-Anon program can help us to resolve.
If someone close to you has, or has had a drinking problem, the following questions may help you in determining whether alcoholism affected your childhood or present life, and if Al-Anon is for you:

1. Do you constantly seek approval and affirmation?
It may be because you don't really know what 'normal' is - you have to try to figure it out from the actions and reations of others.

2. Do you fail to recognize your accomplishments?
What seems routine to you might be considered 'over-achieving' by everybody around you.

3. Do you fear criticism?
In childhood 'criticism' often was accompanied by some form of abuse, verbal or otherwise.

4. Do you over-extend yourself?
Just carrying a normal work load was never good enough. You had to do more to avoid the rage of the alcoholic.

5. Have you had problems with your own compulsive behaviour?
Without knowing it, you probably developed a patern in childhood of approaching everything 'alcoholically'.

6. Do you have a need for perfection?
One little slip up and the alcoholic might explode into anger. That deep-seeded fear can carry over into adulthood.

7. Are you uneasy when your life is going smoothly, continually anticipating problems?
The alcoholic always sabotage the 'good times' like holidays, birthdays, vacations, etc. Things never turned out the way it was planned.

8. Do you feel more alive in the midst of a crisis?
People can become addicted to excitement. They find 'normal' people and situations boring.

9. Do you still feel responsible for others, as you did for the problem drinker in your life?
There is always the nagging feeling that you were somehow responsible for the alcoholic's drinking. Maybe if you had done something differently . . . .

10. Do you care for others easily, yet find it difficult to care for yourself?
You are comfortable in the 'caretaker' role, but extremely uncomfortable doing things for yourself, like spending money on something just for you.

11. Do you isolate yourself from other people?
If they get too close, they may find out your 'secrets'!

12. Do you respond with fear to authority figures and angry people?
The authority figures in your childhood were probably abusive. You expect the same from all authority figures. When the alcoholic became angry, it usually meant something extreme was about to happen.

13. Do you feel that individuals and society in general are taking advantage of you?
You grew up with someone who was an expert at controlling and manipulating everyone around them. Trust is not something that comes naturally.

14. Do you have trouble with intimate relationships?
Possibly the only 'love' that you saw demonstrated in childhood was the love the alcoholic had for the bottle.

15. Do you confuse pity with love, as you did with the problem drinker?
You may be attracted to people who 'need' you or people you know that you can 'fix'.

16. Do you attract and/or seek people who tend to be compulsive and abusive?
Again, normal people bore you and you don't understand them. You are more comfortable around people who you can relate to and won't judge you.

17. Do you cling to relationships because you are afraid of being alone?
It may be from your deep-seeded fear of abandonment. One way or the other, your alcoholic parent emotionally or physically abandoned you for the bottle.

18. Do you mistrust your own feelings and the feelings expressed by others?
How many times have you heard, "I'm sorry. It won't happen again." But it did!

19. Do you find it difficult to identify and express your emotions?
You were told that it was not okay to cry. You were never allowed to be angry and if you were you faced serious consequencies or ridicule.

20. Do you think parental drinking may have affected you?
Not everyone who drinks is an alcoholic. But it would be extremely difficult to grow up around excessive drinking and not be somehow affected.

For more information please call
1-888-425-26666 or visit http://www.al-anon.alateen.org

Online meetings http://www.stepchat.com

February 22, 2006
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Wow, wow, and wow. As I'm reading this, I'm thinking -- hey, isn't this describing EVERYBODY? That's how entrenched I am in the lifestyle. It seems completely and utterly normal to me.

February 22, 2006
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All of that hits so close to home for me.

February 23, 2006
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I have tried the step chat site, for me it's to long and drawn out and slow and I don't feel like I am getting much out of it. However I feel like the alanon meetings are great. I wish the step chat was better for me as I live way out in the middle of no where and I have to go along way to get to a meeting.

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