Alcoholism Impacts Family Businesses

a significant problem for many

Alcoholism impacts many family businesses.

Alcoholism is a disease that can/will kill an individual, wreck family relationships and destroy the family's business.

“Unfortunately for many family businesses, alcoholism is a problem that resists professional intervention until the family realizes that the drinking problem of a family member is full-blown and out of control,” according to leading family business expert Don Schwerzler. “It is absolutely critical to get help for the alcoholic – sooner is always better than later. Remember, when it comes to getting help for an alcoholic family member, procrastination can create havoc for everyone involved!”

Schwerzler has been studying and advising family businesses for more than 40 years and is the founder of the Family Business Institute. Alcoholism is an extremely difficult problem to confront whether it is a parent or a child who has the alcohol addiction problem. It is a “closet disease” for many family businesses.

But when the family secret bursts out of the closet – the damage can be catastrophic to the alcoholic, family relationships and the family’s business.

The Family Business Executive Roundtable provides family business owners an opportunity to discuss issues and concerns with family business experts and other family business owners who have had to deal with sensitive problems like alcoholism and drug addiction.

If your family business is dealing with an alcoholic family member, use our ASK THE EXPERT form to contact our family business expert, sober for more than 35 years.

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