Families of alcoholic and social development: A sociological study
AD Dayananda, Dr. GD Narayana
Alcohol Addiction is a family disease that stresses the family to the breaking point, impacts the stability of the home, the family's unity, mental health, physical health, finances, and overall family dynamics. Living with addiction can put family members under unusual stress. Normal routines are constantly being interrupted by unexpected or even frightening kinds of experiences that are part of living with alcohol and drug use. Family members react to the alcoholic with particular behavioural patterns. They may enable the addiction to continue by shielding the addict from the negative consequences of his actions. Such behaviours are referred to as co-dependency. In this way, the alcoholic is said to suffer from the disease of addiction, whereas the family members suffer from the disease of co-dependency and alcoholic families suffer from a range of problems. Spouses can live in constant conflict. Children may develop low self-esteem, loneliness and fear of abandonment. Infants may even be born with lifelong birth defects and other members of the families like father, mother, siblings, grandpa and grandmother so on. When support is not sought out, the results can be severe. Alcoholics have difficulty taking an objective view on life, and they may not realise that they are acting in an unfair or even abusive manner. The Alcoholism mainly causes to familial dysfunctions rather than others like conflict between spouses, infidelity, domestic violence, economic hardships, isolation or divorce, jealousy, resentments, fear, suicides, suspecting by alcoholics, education problems, so on hence the families of alcoholics are facing encounters to be developed in the society We have objectives in this study to avail the information about families of Alcoholics and their status. And asses their problems through the structural and functional perspectives. And also we have hypotheses that families of Alcoholics are having obstacle to be developed.