Often those closest to an alcoholic find it hardest to see and admit that someone they care about can be an alcoholic. Such a thing just can't be true, it seems. In their eagerness to deny the depth of the problem, they may for a time believe the alcoholic's promises. But the repeated breaking of these promises and the increasing difficulties finally force those living with the alcoholic to acknowledge the truth. Alcoholics Anonymous has been working successfully for men and women from every kind of background. AA can help your loved one.

Alcoholism is a disease of the family. It affects everyone. There is help for you too.

Contact Al-Anon & Al-Ateen at 1-800-628-8920 or visit their website. These groups are for spouses, relatives, and friends of the alcoholic.