Addiction is lack of freedom, like a ball and chain
tied to the ankles, it totally enslaves the person who
suffers from it.
But what does it do to the family of those affected?
A lot of damage.
All that has been suffered at the hands of the addict
reverberates for years afterwards and leaves in it's
wake shipwrecks of families.
Nobody escapes, due to the intensity of the addiction
the person will do everything to bring others into their
own clingy web of dependency, creating false ideas of
"we are in league, you too are stuck, it is not just me",
thus manipulating others to believe that they are not
autonomous and free to do what they want, which
helps to confirm the sick person in his belief that he is
reasonable and normal, because he has support from
others, sometimes from within his own family.
They usually do not manage to catch the whole family
in the web, but even one or two will suffice, to maintain
their position. They need to be seen as justified, but their
actions are caused by their addiction, because in reality
they are incapable of actually having genuine concern
for others, not even their own children.
Constant manipulation and blackmail are necessary.
Alcoholism breaks, degrades, lies, terrorizes, steals,
divides families, it is a scourge in families and societies.
The serious alcoholic is mentally ill, his actions does not
correspond to the real world, and this is evident to others,
but the effects on the rest of the family's mental well being
must not be forgotten.