How Alcoholism Effects Loved Ones
May 7, 2008
We all no that being an alcoholic can hurt ones self in many ways, but what many don’t realize is how it effects there loved ones. There are many hurtful actions such as; the dealing with a drunk, stressing about there health and how to get them to stop. We often feel a sense of blame for there actions. There are so many emotions tied to this disease that affects everyone involved.
I myself have personally been affected by this horrific disease. My two year old daughter’s father is an alcoholic. It took me about two years for me to realize that his recreational drinking was an addiction. I remember the exact moment when I realized that he was 100% an alcoholic. It was the night that I gave birth to our daughter. We were living in Tahoe and there was a freak blizzard out. In a foot of snow he walked to the nearest liquor store for a beer and a hidden bottle of vodka that he stashed in his jacket. At that moment I realized that all those thoughts of him maybe having a problem were confirmed by the fact that anyone who would walk a mile in a snow storm when there baby was born just hours before had a real problem. At that time I was so scared that I had just brought a child into this world with an unstable father. I met this singer two years prior and because he worked in an environment that promoted drinking, throughout our entire relationship I was able to look past all the signs of addiction. Since then he has chosen to ignore his responsibilities as a father and bailed out of the relationship. There are so many times in our relationship that he just does not remember blocks of time. After two years he is just starting to acknowledge that he has a problem but has still not made the steps to quit drinking.
I searched many web sites that talked about the signs of being an Alcoholic and they all had these general signs:
• Continuing to drink even though you have health problems that are...