Pat, Shannon, Lori and Oprah

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Lori's husband, Pat, says that dealing with his wife's alcoholism has been a painful ordeal for the family. "It's very hard, I know it's putting the kids through a lot, I know Lori's going through a lot," says Pat. "We're just kind of stuck—nobody knows what to do."

Lori's oldest daughter, Shannon, says she feels "orphaned" because of her mother's drinking and feels like she's raising her siblings because of her mother's alcohol abuse. "I'm not a normal 20-year-old, I don't have as much fun as other people my age because I'm constantly worried about what my brother and sister are doing," says Shannon.
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Published on October 24, 2006

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