My dad was an alcoholic --- confusion, isolation and solitude had become a familiar and sad place. It was a time of a family crisis for me. We had become the family that was "messed up." More
I loved my parents and I really knew they loved me – but, during the first 10 years of my life, alcoholism had completely taken over our lives. So, instead of life flourishing - everything was dying. Relationships, finances and every emotional area were affected. They say alcoholism is a disease and it affects everyone close to the alcoholic. It’s a family disease as well and it’s difficult for family members to recognize that because they are in the middle of the chaos.
It is estimated that well over 8 million kids under 18 years old live with at least one alcoholic parent. That is a lot of craziness! There are a lot of children who are living in the story I’m telling here.