Approximately 14 million Americans meet the diagnostic criteria for alcohol abuse or alcoholism and more than half of American adults have a close family member who has or has had alcoholism, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Twenty-five percent of children (under the age of 18) are exposed to alcohol abuse or alcohol dependence in the family. However, the social stigma associated with this nation-wide epidemic often prevents victims and their families from seeking help or speaking out. Voices of Alcoholism: The Healing Companion: Stories for Courage, Comfort and Strength is an opportunity to bring recognition to this disease and honoring all of those who have survived it.
Look for my article "When Power and Weakness Wear the Same Face" in the book (ISBN: 978-1-934184-04-2) available March 2008.