Friday, August 25, 2006

The vortex

An alcoholic creates a vortex that sucks in everyone within reach, including family, friends, neighbors and anyone else who cares.

The vortex seems to be a part of the disease of alcoholism.

People who love the alcoholic rescue them over and over again from the consequences of their actions, often risking finances and sometimes risking their lives.

It’s hard for folks outside this vortex to comprehend the power of the disease to draw them in time and time again.

People feel responsible for rescuing children of the alcoholic. How can anyone with a heart let a child suffer?

Alcoholics Anonymous is the only effective way to combat this disease.

Following quote is from the Al-Anon website:

“Alcoholism is a family disease. The disease affects all those who have a relationship with a problem drinker. Those of us closest to the alcoholic suffer the most, and those who care the most can easily get caught up in the behavior of another person. We react to the alcoholic's behavior. We focus on them, what they do, where they are, how much they drink. We try to control their drinking for them. We take on the blame, guilt, and shame that really belong to the drinker. We can become as addicted to the alcoholic, as the alcoholic is to alcohol. We, too, can become ill.”

1 comment:

sister smile said...

Oy. You and the Mrs. have been through the wringer this year. I hope things reach a more tranquil and lasting state soon.