Alcohol Abuse Addiction
I am a day late on my A post for the A to Z Challenge, I’ll probably end up doing my B & C post together tomorrow. I wanted to try to stick to a theme with this challenge and still might be able to pull it off.
Tonight’s post is something a little more serious than my norm. I’ve been watching a series on Showtime called Nurse Jackie, it’s about a nurse who is addicted to drugs, and has cheated on her husband. She is a great nurse and a loving mom. I found myself screaming at the TV, “just stop taking the drugs and cheating and I’d actually like you!!” HA! I know it’s just a show but these things happen in life, to real people.
I grew up with alcohol and drug addicted parents, not only that but many of my relatives are heavy drinkers. I am extremely thankful that I didn’t turn out like them. They say that drinking is hereditary, and we all know that drug addictions can be passed from mother to infant. It’s sad and brings me to tears when I hear the horrible stories.
Although I’ve witness first hand (from my parents destruction) what drugs and alcohol can do to a person, a marriage and a family. I don’t think I ever understood that it’s not a choice for some but it’s a disease. I think to a point it’s a choice, then it develops into a disease. I guess I still don’t completely understand it. But I keep thinking alright if it’s a disease there is a treatment right? I’ve heard of quitting cold turkey, I’ve heard of detoxing and I’ve heard that a person can only quit if they want too.
It wasn’t until I was much older that I heard about drug and alcohol treatment centers. Again I think they have to want to do it, so that would have never worked with my parents. They loved the alcohol too much to quit.
I was always so mad at them for not quitting, for not loving my sister and I enough to want to quit. The older I got the more accepting to their disease I became. I am fortunate that I didn’t get their drinking bone and I feel sad for those that have drinking & drugs addictions.
I guess by watching Nurse Jackie and yes I know it’s only a “TV series” it did help me understand some of the struggles that my parents might have faced. This is probably one of the first times I’ve actually thought this deeply into their addictions and had a better understanding to it.
I don’t think I’ll ever really understand how they let the addiction, be more important than your loved ones.
Have you ever watched a loved one or friend struggle with an alcohol or drug addiction? By witnessing it, does it play a role in your drinking habits now?