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I Am the Child of An Alcoholic

For people whose parents drink or drank in the past. 3,252 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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    My mom always drank. We never had food in the

    house. She would be up all night. She used to punish me by locking me in my bedroom, aways called me mean names. I'd find the alcohol bottels all over the house. She go to jail, when she got out it was like nothing ever happened. I told her that when I was in middle school that...
    kemokitty kemokitty 31-35 2 Responses Jul 17, 2014

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    My dad is an alcoholic,

    and I didn't find out until I was 14. At that point he was 11 or so years sober. That was until he relapsed when I was 17... He went to treatment and lived in a half way house for 4 years. It was about a month ago he finally got his own house. My dad went into the hospital 2...
    amalmberg13 amalmberg13 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 28, 2014

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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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    This is a long and stressful story.

    I grew up with the men in my family as alcoholics', my father passed away from heart failure(alcohol related). At the same time three years ago I met my boyfriend and his father took me in, so I see him as a father to me. Good His dad always got off work with a case of beer...
    Worleybirdie Worleybirdie 22-25, F 22 hrs ago

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Death of My Father May,

    2001 It’s a very quiet morning. My husband left to go visit his mother and father who live right down the road from us. I feel as if I have been cheated sometimes because in order to see my family I have to travel across half the country. I chose that though, so there is no...
    secretme1970 secretme1970 41-45, F 3 Responses Jan 3

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    So less than a week ago my dad got arrested

    for drunk driving and landed himself in jail. I ended up bailing him out that night, stupid mistake on my part. Yesterday and today he's been drinking. We found some type of alcohol in an apple juice bottle and he claimed it was apple juice, and insisted it was even after i kept...
    sadgirl233 sadgirl233 22-25, F 2 Responses Dec 21, 2014

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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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    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 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 16-17, T Mar 31

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    Untitled

    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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    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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    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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    Just Been Thinking Lately

    I'm flying out to see my dad for spring break in about a week, and its just making me think about things lately. I didn't have it bad like some other people who have parents with the same disease, but i think i have my mom to thank for that. I used to be so angry at him for all...
    PaperTowns PaperTowns 18-21, F 8 Responses Mar 15, 2010

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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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    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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    To all those who drink

    and smoke , I'd say stop b4 it's too late , I'm paying the price n the road to recovery is rough :/
    theusunghero3 theusunghero3 22-25, M Apr 24

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    I'm 14 years old. A little less

    than a year ago my parents got divorced because of my dads drinking problem. After the divorce my dad realized the damage is drinking caused and got a lot better with it. But in the past couple months it's been getting a lot worse again... I'm scared to stay with him anymore...
    lachica12100 lachica12100 18-21, F 3 Responses Nov 4, 2014

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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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    My mom finally did, this afternoon we filled

    for a divorce, Hopefully everything works out.
    sadgirl233 sadgirl233 22-25, F 1 Response Sep 24, 2014

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    Just Another Stranded Soul

    My father was a high-function alcoholic. He never lost his job, never was incapable, would just drink himself insensible after work. He was an ugly drunk with a bad temper - never hit anyone, but his tongue and his anger were terrifying to all his children. Many of my most vivid...
    firefall firefall 51-55, M 3 Responses Oct 19, 2011

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    The sad part is that I'm probably following in

    his footsteps. After so much sexual abuse, my desire to have sex with guys rose. I wouldn't call myself promiscuous because I have yet acted on the desire, but I do sometimes get lost in the thoughts. It is a hard way to live not knowing if sex is good or bad. It's even harder...
    GodsArte GodsArte 18-21, F 2 Responses May 20

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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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    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 Mother

    My mothers best friend died when I was young.. I don't remember the year I was but I remember I was in the 5th grade. I came home and she was on the floor with a bottle of vodka sobbing. Ever since shes been drinking and its been terrible. When I was in middle school I remember...
    CallMeHope CallMeHope 18-21, F 31 Responses Jul 15, 2007

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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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    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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    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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    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 5 days ago

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    Yea it's tough . My dads been an aloclic

    since I was 11-13 , but I remember when he was just such an amazing guy . He's been in rehab twice and the insurance cuts us off so he goes right back into drinking . He messes up jobs and everything and I don't want turn out like him. He's always just drinking and it makes me...
    kiaraaak kiaraaak 18-21, F Nov 23, 2014

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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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    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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    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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