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I Am the Child of An Alcoholic

For people whose parents drink or drank in the past. 3,260 People

    I honestly think that my dad gets worse

    and worse as the days go by. He will never change and I don't get why I'm trying so hard to help him when all he does is disrespect me. Im sick of it, just when I feel like I'm getting through to him, I find another bottle, under the bed or wedged in a corner of our house. I...
    sadgirl233 sadgirl233 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 20

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    I do this thing where I go back

    and forth with my dad. When he's sober its great and I actually like doing things for him but then he abuses my trust and faith in him and starts drinking and I end up thinking why do I waste so much time and effort on this guy? I seriously don't know what to do anymore. This is...
    sadgirl233 sadgirl233 22-25, F 5 Responses Jan 13

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    Both My Parents Were Alcoholics

    The title kind of says it, really. Both my late parents were alcoholics, though not at the same time. My father was a very shy man, who felt awkward around people, and clearly drink made him feel more confident, though he would still not really talk to people, but just get...
    mizzen123 mizzen123 46-50, M 21 Responses Apr 26, 2009

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    My father gets very drunk

    and makes me do things I do not want to do. I am scared of him, so I do what I am told. He keeps me up all night, he calls people and says stupid things. I'm sick of it. I tell him to stop drinking and then he says he can do what he wants, and ignores me. I don't have anyone...
    Atraxiella Atraxiella 13-15, F 3 Responses Nov 26, 2014

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    my mum dropped dead in December.

    she never admitted it but died of kidney and liver failure. I'm an only child. I feel like nobody gets it as we had a turbulent relationship. she was still my mum though.
    Sashakl Sashakl 31-35, F 1 Response Apr 17

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    My life has gone down hill.

    I thought my mom would file for divorce but she didn't. She's scared of losing everything. Ive lost my best friend because I've been so detached from everything because I'm so stressed out. My dad was sober a few months ago and I got a call from a program i really want to go to...
    sadgirl233 sadgirl233 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 2, 2014

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    Growing Up With An Alcoholic

    From the ages of 9 years old until I was a senior in High School my mom was married to an alcoholic. Life was very difficult. My mother was physically and mentally abused as well as my older brother and myself. Things were so bad at home that my brother quit school and left home...
    cmost cmost 36-40, F 41 Responses Feb 3, 2007

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    Do you think being a child of alcoholic may be

    the cause of being frustrated at people who fail to live up to their own plans?
    AlricVirgil AlricVirgil 26-30, M 2 Responses May 5

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    My real father is an alcoholic,

    he drinks every day. It's hard growing up with a dad who is always drunk, who is always spending the grocery money on beer. I'm just glad he is a happy drunk. He never hit us, or anything like that. If course it didn't help that he was also schizophrenic.
    TickleMeCell TickleMeCell 18-21, T Mar 31

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    5 O'clock At My House

    Everyday at five o'clock, my dad would come home from work and be greeted by mother with a kiss and a glass of whiskey and soda.  She would make one for herself.  It was the cocktail hour for both of them.   They drank all through dinner and well into the...
    vampireheart vampireheart 31-35, T 36 Responses Aug 13, 2008

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    I've been waiting SO damn long to turn 18.

    I am a high school senior, employed with part time work, and am getting another job as a licensed nursing assistant (yay!) I am completely self-sufficient now. As the child of an alcoholic mother, I grew independent very, very quickly. My friends refer to me as the mom of the...
    Sarah196 Sarah196 18-21, F 3 Responses Dec 4, 2013

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    I cannot stand living at my parents house.

    Yes, the fact that I have no bills to pay is pretty awesome, but other than that it's a living hell. My mom drives around drunk, and my sisters and I have to go pick her up. Thankfully she has not hurt anybody from doing it yet (I don't know how she hasn't) but she has wrecked...
    courtneylightsupthesky courtneylightsupthesky 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 14

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    Today was fathers day,

    and for the first time ever i got sad that my father was anything but a father. The amount of suffering and tears he's given me is unmeasurable. I was away from my house for three days and I completely forgot how bad my life was. I was truly happy, I smiled all weekend. First...
    sadgirl233 sadgirl233 22-25, F Jun 22

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    My Mom Drank Herself to Death

    I am 29 and my mom died on Thanksgiving 2005 of cirrhosis of the liver. Slowly, her liver, kidneys, and lungs failed. She was 44. There is so much I am going through as a person because of her alcoholism and it makes me so angry that I have so many problems because of it. I don't...
    aka746 aka746 26-30, F 81 Responses Feb 21, 2007

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    Learning Tolerance

    A few alcoholics, actually. Yes, a few. My biological mother is an alcoholic, although you tell her that and her response is, "I only have one or two glasses of wine a day!" But ask her if she could live without those two glasses and she would scoff. I even challenged her to do...
    silentwriter180 silentwriter180 46-50, F 2 Responses Oct 31, 2013

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    Hello the world of ep

    so things with my dad have been pretty tough lately. Basically the same old stuff, a whole lot of denial. But also lately he's been saying that he "has his drinking under control now" and even though he used to have a problem he can control it now. I know he can't actually...
    lachica12100 lachica12100 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 7

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    It's been almost 2 years

    since my mom's extensive drug-use and drinking finally got the best of her. We had been estranged for a long time, largely due to her alcoholism and the problems it caused. I never got a chance to resolve things between us. I never got to tell her that I forgave her for...
    HeartlessSinner HeartlessSinner 22-25, F Nov 28, 2014

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    Alcoholic Dementia

    My mom has been an alcoholic my whole life, I am 24 years old. It wasn't until the past ten years when it took a hold of her. It was right after my little sister was born when things took a turn for the worse and I was in 6th grade. My step-dad made enough money where my mom didn...
    ohhitsami ohhitsami 22-25, F 10 Responses Dec 27, 2011

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    After a brutal 8 hour shift watching people get

    drunk and disorderly at a wedding, I come home to my drunk father. He was wandering in our neighbourhood until finally someone called the paramedics and of course at 3 am i get a call to pick him up. Now he's wandering about in the house, not letting anyone sleep. Im exhausted...
    sadgirl233 sadgirl233 22-25, F 2 Responses May 24

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    Actually, I am probably the child of two

    alcoholics, and a sibling to one. One parent is a drunk for certain, but the other never "crashed" during his lifetime, and he was probably the worse for that. My mother hit bottom in 1981, when I was about 10, detoxed, divorced, but then began to drink again on the sly. I knew...
    nostromo77 nostromo77 41-45, M 1 Response Sep 14, 2014

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    im 18 years old and my dad is an alcoholic.

    My mother has told me his drinking got a lot worse ever since i was born. My parents marriage is a joke to me since they both act like teenagers. I think my mom is an enabler and has her own mental issues. she hits my dad all the time when he's drunk and makes things worse. He...
    avalily avalily 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 8

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    My father is a recovering alcoholic.

    He has been sober for 4 years, however it still affects me today. I always push people away, never trusting them because I feel as if everyone lies to me and no one ever protected me. I grew up way too fast. At the age of 12, I was cooking dinner and doing homework with my 9...
    deleted deleted 26-30 6 Responses Jun 1

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    Somedays

    Somedays I stare at a wall thinking of the cells the cells she locks herself in the cells this demon has killed I think to myself why would someone someone so smart pour it away it gets harder each day to remember my childhood I was the baby without a bottle it lives in...
    deciBle deciBle 18-21, M 2 Responses Aug 7, 2012

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    howsitgoing12 howsitgoing12 16-17, F Mar 18

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    My mother is a great person

    when she's sober. She'd do anything for nothing, just to see someone smile. When I was young, probably three years old, when my father was still with us, she used to take pictures of us together all the time. She even made a scrapbook out of them with cute little stickers...
    poliad poliad 16-17, M 4 Responses Jul 2, 2014

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    A Long Line of Alcoholics

    My family history, more than anything, convinces me that genetics has a strong influence on what we do in life. It doesn't preordain our path, but it may make it much harder to choose a different path. My father's father and grandparents were alcoholics. My father started...
    WittyOne WittyOne 46-50, F 31 Responses May 24, 2007

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    So my dad today got arrested

    for drunk driving today….some people never change
    sadgirl233 sadgirl233 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 10, 2014

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    My dad is an alcoholic. My mother won't leave so I did.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Sep 24, 2013

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    The past is in the past now,

    but I can't help but still feel incredible anger as to why my dad(or any other responsible people in my family) left me alone with my mentally ill, neglectful, extremely physically ill, alcoholic mother up until I was 15. Why would you leave a child in a situation you know they...
    Exoduss Exoduss 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 24, 2014

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    My Story

    I`m going to do a bit of venting here. I`ve had a lot on my mind lately and I need to just unload it somewhere, I guess. Right now, my family is struggling economically, I`m unemployed and desperately searching for a job, and I`m depressed and angry about it all. My family has...
    JesusKravitz JesusKravitz 18-21, M 2 Responses May 20, 2013

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    So Where Do I Begin...

    First of all, I've never shared anything on any online forum, let alone anything like this, so I hope I'm doing this right. So where do I begin... I guess I'll start by just coming out and saying it, my father was an alcoholic. For the longest time, my dad was someone who just...
    LookingForALifeline LookingForALifeline 22-25, M 5 Responses Nov 27, 2012

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    Dearest Father.

    I know I've said this once before (Remember that time you slammed me against the wall with your hands around my throat and then when you finally let me fall to the floor- sobbing and begging you to leave me alone- you laid the boot in?) but I ******* HATE YOU!I have tried so god...
    BeteNoire BeteNoire 26-30, F 9 Responses Aug 3, 2011

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    Relationships

    As an adult child of an alcoholic what are the main problems you have faced in your relationships? I think it is trust for me, that and believing that I do not deserve someone that treats me right. It used to be that I believed I could save people. I was always trying to save...
    21again45 21again45 31-35 1 Response Oct 12, 2013

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    Hi my name is Alp, I am 18 years old.

    I am afraid my father is going to drink himself to death. He is really violent physically and verbally to everyone. My grandfather past away recently and he was an amazing man. He was my hero my inspiration and will continue to be. My father lived with my grandparents after my...
    Alp1995 Alp1995 18-21, M 1 Response Jan 29

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    my mother passed away at the age of 51 on April

    1st, 2007. She was an alcoholic for 10 years. She died in her sleep ( cardiac arrest) I am writing this with tears in my eyes. I miss her greatly even though I hated her as an alcoholic. I'm 34 years old soon turning 35 next week. I'm married and a mother if two beautiful girls...
    berrybeeyou berrybeeyou 31-35, F 3 Responses Jan 18

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    My parents were alcoholics

    when I was younger.. When my mom got pregnant with my little sister they both sobered up. They got divorced eventually. Then my dad almost drank himself to death. My mom started drinking again also. My dad sobered up and doesn't drink anymore. My moms "trying to quit" but...
    bigca1697 bigca1697 16-17, F Dec 6, 2014

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    Daddy Wake Up...please Dont Do This

    Born way 2 early had 2 fight 2 all along. nothings ever come easy! Moms always busy and dads always stoned. NO foorsteps to follow No compass to guide me. I wish i could make you see how hard it is to become the 2 people i never wanted to be. My lifes laid out in front of me...
    writingmyrelease writingmyrelease 26-30, F 12 Responses Apr 27, 2010

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    Some people that grew up in a household with an

    addict become addicts. I find I am the opposite, I refuse to let any substance or thing control me. I like beer/alcohol, but won't get intoxicated. I don't like loss of control. In fact over my own self I am a bit of a control freak that way.
    lmtnmn lmtnmn 31-35, M 3 Responses Aug 13, 2014

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    ugh I feel so helpless.

    .. As the daughter of my alcoholic mother, I feel q sense of both anger and complete sadness. I feel angered because of the pain she has made me endure over the years and saddened because seeing the person I love the most on a self destructive path is well, awful. The worst thing...
    Moziseverything Moziseverything 18-21, F 2 Responses 11 hrs ago

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    Well this is not an easy subject

    for me to speak off but I felt the need to write a few words... My father was an alcoholic, I had to live with that every day of my life, it was not a good childhood... the sleepless nights, the worrying, the fear, the pain, the sadness... the anger and hate... oh the hate...
    silvershadow2099 silvershadow2099 26-30, M 4 Responses Jan 22, 2014

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    Just got off the phone with my dad.

    He's as drunk as a skunk right now. I'm here in university 5hours from home. He doesn't live with mom anymore. I hate when he calls me drunk because it always reminds me of childhood. He was never physically abusive but verbally at times. My brother would get so mad because he...
    XxWolverinexX XxWolverinexX 18-21 2 Responses Jan 31

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    It's Christmas Eve and

    while I wish I was happily united with my family I am not. My father is an alcoholic and it got so bad that last year around Christmas as well my parents got divorced. I thought that this would be a big enough of a change for my dad to change but things have only gotten worse...
    Dreamer8a Dreamer8a 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 24, 2014

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    I need someone to talk to.

    My dad is an alcoholic and is now in the hospital. My mom says after he goes to rehab and gets out she is done taking care of him. He no longer has the mental capacity to care for himself. Which means he may be turned over to the state and placed in a shelter. I feel so many...
    MisunderstoodGal30 MisunderstoodGal30 22-25, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    My father is to blame

    for my depression, BPD and distrust in people. Alcoholism is not a disease to me, it is a selfish lifestyle choice. I will never sympathize for parents who are alcoholics. Give your child away to someone who will give him or her love and protect them.
    kbeary kbeary 18-21, F 5 Responses Jul 14, 2014

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    Who Needs College When You Had An Alcoholic Parent, Right?

    I learned so much from having an alcoholic father. Like... -A "40" costs about $2.50 and it's almost always drank with the brown paper bag still around it - the entire time. -Don't leave change or money hanging around anywhere unless your starting a "Brew for Dad Foundation...
    Elaine19 Elaine19 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 22, 2012

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    Hi, I'm a mom of 2 kids,

    married for 22 yrs, have everything I could ever want. But my mom, my best friend for life, passed away 2 weeks ago due to alcoholism. She was only 69 years old. Her liver failed. She has a few generations of alcoholics, but MY BROTHER AND I BROKE THE CYCLE! I had been in...
    anothersadlady anothersadlady 41-45, F 1 Response May 19

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