Thursday, July 9, 2009

Warped lives of blameless children

So what does the book say about Alcoholism or being an alcoholic? Is it a disease? An allergy? An illness? A choice?

"An illness of this sort- and we have come to believe it an illness- involves those about us in a way no other human sickness can. If a person has cancer all are sorry for him and no one is angry or hurt. But not so with the alcoholic illness, for with it there goes annihilation of all the things worth while in life. It brings misunderstanding, fierce resentment, financial insecurity, disgusted friends and employers, warped lives of blameless children, sad wives and parents- anyone can increase the list."

Who cares? If you've got it, shame on you, right? If you're affected by one who has it, then shame on them, right?

This is easy to do when you consider alcoholism to be a choice. If you want to scapegoat the alcoholic, just call it a choice. Simple. Oh, but do us a favor; don't develop yet another "treatment" method that you're gonna make a bunch of money on... or we're gonna start scapegoating you! How do you like that, doctor? Shrink? Preacherman? Bent anti-AAer?

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