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Support groups help families of alcoholics

By Edward T. Creagan, M.D. February 5, 2010

A number of our blog readers have commented on the challenges of caring for a family member or other loved one who struggles with alcoholism or drug abuse. I'm profoundly sympathetic to the plight of family members ensnared in the downward spiral of addiction. Alcoholism is a family disease, and those closest to the alcoholic often suffer the most. Feelings of anger and frustration are certainly understandable in this situation.

As I have touched on before, sometimes we face issues that we need professional guidance and support to deal with. Programs such as Al-Anon are designed to provide a safe and confidential forum where individuals affected by alcoholism and other chemical dependencies can share their feelings and receive constructive guidance from others in the same boat.

Anger and frustration, if not addressed, can erode your coping skills and destroy your peace of mind. Remember, you don't have to go it alone. Find the help you need to take care of yourself.


Edward T. Creagan, M.D.

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Feb. 05, 2010