Alcoholism, Motherhood and Dealing with the Social Stigma



Many people continue to believe that addiction is a character flaw or a weakness in a person. They may believe that the alcoholic simply cannot hold their booze and should just stop, but there are many factors as to why a person continues to use a drug despite the negative consequences.

The idea of possibly being an alcoholic was extremely difficult to accept for me, especially since my biological mom was an alcoholic and my family disowned her when I was only four years old. Not understanding the disease of alcoholism and confused about what made my mom choose drinking over taking care of me, I held the same ignorant hatred towards her as my family did. Because as mothers we are supposed to be the rocks of the family; we are the nurtures and the peacekeepers, and the tear wipers, and the scrape healers. We are not supposed to…

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