What Is An Alcoholic?
In case you missed the video on the homepage, here it is again:
The sound is downright crap, so best you put some headphones in. I know my ADD ass couldn’t sit and watch something like this if I couldn’t hear properly.
There is so much for me to say, but not enough time to say it. I haven’t blogged in such a long time. Split between 6 different projects (massive in size), I’ve neglected blogging and it’s starting to show. When I don’t get things out of my head I start to go a bit cray cray.
I’ve been meaning to post this for ages, but have kept putting it off. Then, yesterday I had a good hour long chat with a parent re: the state of his daughter. Just as I experience in every Kamp we run for teen girls, generally 50% of these girls are dealing directly with a parent who is an alcoholic and/or an addict. The impact this has on a young person’s life is devastating. But, the first step in breaking this cycle is educating the girls as to what the dis-ease of alcoholism and addiction is. Teaching them what I wish was taught to me as a young person. Growing up, had someone told me that my mom wasn’t a bad person who needed to get good, but rather she was a sick person who needed to get well. If someone would have forewarned me that this is a progressive, fatal dis-ease and is said to be genetic and learned behaviour, I probably would have avoided all of the mess I refer to as ‘my life’. Despite me not wanting to be anything like her growing up, I turned out to walk directly into her shoes without even realising what I was becoming.
Prevention is so much cheaper and more effective than a cure. And in fact there is no cure for alcoholism. But it can be arrested, and we do recover. A big part of my mission is to create more awareness around the effects of alcoholism/addiction, how much of an impact it has on the wellbeing of society, and the ripple effect it has outside the immediate home.
The crazy part about alcoholism/addiction is the level of denial. As addicts/alcoholics, we can justify everything. Our mentality is one of being a victim and we blame the outside world around us for all of our issues. Issues that are solved with another drink or a drug. Which of course never seem to work…. yet we keep repeating the same mistake over, and over, and over and over……
I hope this video helps at least one person understand a little bit more about alcoholism/addiction. Alanon is an amazing 12 step program for anyone that is struggling with the after effects, or immediate effects of an alcoholic or addict playing a negative role within their life.
Applogies for this blog sucking. But I gots to go!
May I recommend reading this blog if you have time http://konfidencebykortney.com/work/mental-health/
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