Background Notes on Acoholism

Alcoholism in a major disease in North America, affecting both alcoholics and their families. The aetiology of alcoholism includes hereditary, cultural, environmental, and psychological factors. Recovery initially requires surrender of the infantile ego and the formation of a stronger, more adapted one.

Treatment involves empathetic acceptance and confrontation to penetrate alcoholics’ and their families’ denial ystem by means of both group[ therapy and individual counselling, which includes an educational component. The solution is essentially ethical if not spiritual in the broad sense of the word.