When alcoholism is part of the family dynamic, grandparents are often the ones stepping in to care for the children. The parents may be in treatment, in jail, or simply incapable of tending to the daily needs of raising a family due to their alcohol addiction. For grandparents, helping is instinctual. They feel that their action or lack of it will affect the children directly. Providing shelter, money, clothing and food becomes then a necessity, not a choice. How does one break the cycle of pain, anger and sadness that permeates alcoholic situations involving grandchildren? Why not try an Al-Anon Family Group meeting for more information?