It is always said that a habit is a very hard thing to break and for this individual it seemed to be no different. The daughter of a recovery alcoholic, by the name of Anna, gave me insight on how her Father quit his horrible addiction to alcohol and how she was able to cope during these times.
I found out that she was not very old when her Dad was going through his ordeal, and this started to change the angle at which I first intended to approach her with. She was only six years old when her father was an ongoing alcoholic, so I began to ask her if she was aware of the situation at the time. She responded “The only thing I realized was that my dad was angry a lot,” but other than the she was unable to comprehend anything further. She also exclaimed “It affected the way I dealt with confrontations as well as my eating habits.” These two things seem to be the most important changes she could remember at such an early age. Being a child while your Dad seems to be mad all the time must truly be a horrible experience, for Anna said at one point she was actually scared to be around her dad. However from her emotions answering the question I could sense that she deeply cared about him, even during these times.
As a young child there are certain memories that stick out in your mind your mind more than others, so I asked what her most vivid memory was. She replied “My Dad came home from work one day and I was in my sisters room, and I heard him come home one day and thought 'Oh great he's probably mad'. I remember running downstairs and pretending to be happy and I was really, really upset when I saw he had a case of beer in his hand.” This was a big indicator that she was starting to realize a connection between beer and his problem and this somehow resulted to him acting so upset.
I then began to ask how the problem affects her currently and asked if she had been personally affected by her fathers drinking problems. She responded, saying “Yes I have. It affects...