Addicted survivors of abuse who don't address the effects of child abuse and neglect on their adult life are at high risk of relapse or bouncing back and forth between different addictions. When an alcoholic or addict gets sober, all these feelings and memories they've been repressing and "numbing out" come rushing into consciousness. Just because you get sober does not mean you magically develop self-esteem and stop feeling worthless, ashamed, and inadequate, etc. On the contrary, with drugs and alcohol out of the picture, all these negative feelings are magnified. It takes time and work.
The social problems arising from alcoholism are serious, caused by the pathological changes in the brain and the intoxicating effects of alcohol.   Alcohol abuse is associated with an increased risk of committing criminal offences, including child abuse , domestic violence , rape , burglary and assault .  Alcoholism is associated with loss of employment ,  which can lead to financial problems. Drinking at inappropriate times, and behavior caused by reduced judgment, can lead to legal consequences, such as criminal charges for drunk driving  or public disorder, or civil penalties for tortious behavior, and may lead to a criminal sentence. An alcoholic's behavior and mental impairment, while drunk, can profoundly affect those surrounding them and lead to isolation from family and friends. This isolation can lead to marital conflict and divorce , or contribute to domestic violence . Alcoholism can also lead to child neglect , with subsequent lasting damage to the emotional development of the alcoholic's children.  For this reason, children of alcoholic parents can develop a number of emotional problems. For example, they can become afraid of their parents, because of their unstable mood behaviors. In addition, they can develop considerable amount of shame over their inadequacy to liberate their parents from alcoholism. As a result of this failure, they develop wretched self-images, which can lead to depression.