Date of Award


Degree Name

Specialist in Education


Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology

First Advisor

Dr. Thelma M. Urbick

Second Advisor

Dr. Walter W. Turner

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The purpose of this study is to describe alcoholism as a disease, it s likely etiology, symptoms, methods of treatment and prognosis. Problems due to alcoholism are reported as they affect not only the alcoholic but the family, job and community as well. Education will help identify an alcoholic problem before it becomes too advanced. Various treatment modalities are discussed, including Alcoholics Anonymous. This study relates to the impact on the family and how the family can exacerbate the problem. Conclusions are based on observations of alcoholics and families of alcoholics in a therapeutic setting and literature review.