"Worksheet on Alcoholism"
Worksheet on Alcoholism Mr. Panaro What is Alcoholism? A disease, in which a person usually drinks a lot, and their life becomes unmanageable(“messed up”) Can it be cured? No!! An alcoholic who stops drinking is said to be recovering not recovered. Why can it be called a disease? Because it has signs and symptoms Signs and Symptoms of Alcoholism Alcoholics have many of the following signs and symptoms Denial Blackout Loss of Memory while drinking Drinking to get drunk Not social drinking Drinking Alone & Sneaking drinks Getting into trouble while drinking Reputation Having a reputation of a person who drinks a lot. Frequent Hangovers Miss time from work or school because of hangovers Family and Job problems Getting fired, divorce and money problems is common in alcoholic families Physical Addiction Drinking in the morning Detoxification If physically addicted, will be “detoxed” in a hospital or re-hab. Alcoholics Anonymous Twelve step program that provides support for an alcoholic who wants to stop drinking. When did AA start? In 1935, 2 men named Bill (Stockbroker) and Bob (Doctor) met and helped each other stop drinking. This meeting is sometimes called the first AA meeting They developed the 12 Step Program of Alcoholics Anonymous AA is now world wide with millions of members Bill and Bob How much does it cost? AA is free How does it work? It is a support group where alcoholics help each other not to drink “one day at a time.” What is a sponsor? It is suggested that each person in AA have a sponsor. A sponsor is someone, who has been sober in AA for a while, who works closely with that person to help and support his or her recovery. Why is Alcoholism called a family disease Because the family is often affected badly by things the alcoholic does or does not do. 12 Step programs for Family of Alcoholics Al-anon-A support group for family members of an alcoholic. Usually the spouse of the alcoholic. Alateen- A support group for teenagers who have a family member who is an alcoholic.Usually the son or daughter of the alcoholic.