Alcoholism is a disease with many victims. Not only can it destroy the life of the alcoholic, but it can gravely damage the alcoholic's entire family.
Some of the ways in which this damage occurs are obvious. Alcoholic parents lose their children's respect and their own self-respect. They limit their ability to support a family and may well drag their children down into poverty.
They can be violent and sometimes that violence can be turned on their dependents. Any number of books for children and young adults have described such situations, but most have ended with the parent entering treatment.
Having grown up the son of an alcoholic, however, Bruce Brooks knows that the situation is much more complicated than a simple loss of status, and that entering treatment is merely the first step in recovery, for both alcoholics and their children.
Having been one himself, Brooks knows that...