Category: A Family History of Addiction

  • Un-Drowning – Rising Up From a Legacy of Alcohol Addiction

    Un-Drowning – Rising Up From a Legacy of Alcohol Addiction

    My mom was a great lady.  Fiercely independent, she could stretch my dad’s paycheck to feed their 7 children, as well as embrace foster children when they needed shelter.  She was quick and witty and funny. Mom sewed clothes for us, and we felt so blessed to have her make us special clothes. She made […]

  • Shattering the Toxic Cycle of Alcohol Abuse

    Shattering the Toxic Cycle of Alcohol Abuse

    When I was drinking, I pretty much did whatever I wanted and usually got away with it, I liked to call it spontaneity. I think it’s because I enjoyed the chaos of it. Chaos was what I understood to be normal. A toxic cycle of alcohol and abuse was all that I knew. Today I […]

  • Glamorous and Cool

    Glamorous and Cool

    My beautiful AuntieSo glamorous and coolWherever she went guys noticed and drooledBut she didn’t seem to realiseShe looked at herself with critical eyesLacking confidence she started to drinkalcohol… It made things better for her she’d think When I was younger she traveled all over the worldShe went to places like SingaporeI’d listen enthralledShe bought us […]

  • I Love You Daddy

    I Love You Daddy

    Mornings are quiet Uncomfortably soBut afternoon drinksthey start the show By evening, the voice is bossy and loud‘I love you girl; you make me proud’. And later, the slurring, and uneven feet Next day, no memory, just rinse and repeat.  Day one, two and even threeEach morning more quiet, self-defeat I love you daddy but your hands they shakeI feel […]

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