Children of Alcoholics

The disciples went and woke him, saying, ‘Master, Master, we’re going to drown!’ He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. – Luke 8:24

Children of Alcoholics

Alcohol abuse is a huge problem in our world today. Let me give you a feeling for how big a problem it is. Over 18 million Americans have alcohol problems. More than 9 million children currently live in homes with an alcohol-dependent parent. And more than half of all American adults have a family history impacted along the way by alcoholism.

The last statistic is worse than it sounds. Half of all American adults have alcohol abuse in their family history. That’s important because alcohol abuse isn’t an individual problem. And it doesn’t end when the alcoholic passes away, leaves, or even sobers up. Alcoholism affects both the alcoholic and everyone who loves him or her.

But, there is hope. Groups like Alcoholics Anonymous, Adult  Children of Alcoholics, and Celebrate Recovery, are all designed to help family members along with the alcoholic. Seek help if your family has been impacted by alcoholism.

Remember, within each of us lies the capacity to grow and alter the way we act and feel. And that doesn’t mean that God will give us peace from the storms of life. He will instead give us peace in the midst of the storms of life.

– Steve Arterburn

I do not want the peace which passeth understanding. I want the understanding which bringeth peace.– Helen Keller



  1. Angel Caniglia August 3, 2015 at 9:52 am - Reply

    Hi, I am a recovering alcoholic! I came from a abuse family with an alcoholic father and mother. There is alcoholics all over my family. Now I have discovered my 21 year old grandson is an alcoholic. My daughter drinks socially but could be an alcoholic if she lets herself go. She married and alcoholic and divorced him. Now her 4 children are messed up. I have tried to help her to get into Al-Anon and her child into AA and Al-Ateen! won’t go! It kills me to see my family fall apart like this. I am hanging on by a thin thread myself to stay sober. If it wasn’t for God and my AA and Al-Anon I could be drunk today! Let Go and Let God!

    Thank you, Angel

  2. Holly Gossett August 3, 2015 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    Remember that we all grow and change at different rates. I know it must be heartbreaking to see your grandchildren be less than you think they are, but I encourage to see them as more than their illness or symptoms. Keep encouraging them to move toward their interests and gifts. As they say on New Life, invite them to go to a lead meeting. No one wants to hear someone tell them how “messed up” they are….be interested in all aspects of who they are, not just the illness.

  3. John Randall July 29, 2016 at 6:29 am - Reply

    Yes alcohol IS a problem but the VERY first thing that needs to happen is for THE abuser to admit to him/her self “I have a problem” No one is going to convince him/her until he/she is ready to admit it. That’s what it took for me and that what it took for our youngest son to admit he had a problem with Rx drugs.

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