“There’s Havoc In The Garden”


The Ubiquitous Problem

Alcohol and substance abuse is topic seldom discussed in the literature about marriage, divorce and parenting even though it is a contributing factor in a significant percentage of marital breakdowns. It remains a problem we prefer to whisper about. Yet when we have asked experienced family law specialists for estimates of the percentage of their cases that involve alcohol and substance abuse, the responses range from “At least one-half, maybe more,” to “eighty to ninety percent”. This very unscientific estimate is usually accompanied with a comment that “It might be more, but I’m not always told”.

The Shared Fear

Anyone who has lived in a family laboring under the duress of addiction can relate to the following:


              “A family is a place where minds come in contact with

               one another. If these minds love one another the home

               will be as beautiful as a flower garden. But if these minds

               get out of harmony with one another it is like a storm

                     that plays havoc with the garden”. -- Buddha

The Family Needs Help


Alcohol and substance abuse is toxic not only to the user, but to the security of every member of the addict’s family. Among the purposes of this chapter is to assist you in trying to identify whether substance abuse is an issue for your family and, if so, where to turn next. If our Website is able to give just some of you suggestions on how to respond, and if they point in the right direction for you, it will have been a worthwhile effort for all of us.


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