My Mom Is An AlcoholicAddictionMy Mom Is An Alcoholic<div class="ExternalClass274EAF64465343EDAC804D77CF719FC3"><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4" style="">​<span style="">My mom is an alcoholic. At first, it was nothing too serious, just beer. This has been going on for about two years now. When I first noticed we got in a fight and she said she would stop drinking, she never even made an appointment. Now she drinks but she hides it, not very well of course. Over the past few days, I have found two bottles of vodka. We fight all the time, she can be emotionally abusive and a few years back she was physically abusive but for the most part, we got that sorted out. Any Advice?? ​​</span></span></p></div><div class="ExternalClass898DE81107CB44A892A7042C01B72D19"><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4" style="">We are glad you are reaching out for help.  This situation is very difficult.  Your mom is an alcoholic and her behavior is causing disruption in your life and preventing her from being the best parent she can be.  You seem to be really mature and very aware of the harsh reality of the situation.  Alcoholism is a disease and it doesn't just impact the alcoholic, but the entire family.  </span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4" style="">While it might help to understand why your mother is battling this addiction, it doesn't lessen the pain and anger.  If your mom is not in a place where she can seek treatment, it would certainly be helpful for you to see a counselor.  A counselor can help you understand the disease process, and can also help you work through your feelings about your mother's addiction.  Give us a call, we can help you find resources in your area.</span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4" style="">You don't have any control over your mother's behavior.  However, you do have control over you.  The best thing that you can do is to take care of yourself.  When the situation becomes overwhelming at home, you might want to reach out to supportive people who can help you.  This could be a family member, a teacher, a coach, a religious leader, or another trusted adult. </span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4" style="">In addition, it is also critical that you engage in healthy coping skills to help you deal with your mother's drinking and her corresponding behavior.  Some people journal their feelings, listen to music, socialize with friends, or engage in a hobby or project in an attempt to cope.  Attached is a link of 99 Coping Skills that you may find helpful </span><a href="/Pages/tip-99-coping-skills.aspx"><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4" style="">http://www.yourlifeyourvoice.org/v2/Pages/tip-99-coping-skills.aspx</span></a><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4" style="">.  You need a healthy outlet so that you do not keep your feelings bottled up inside.  We also have ways you can communicate with counselors on the YLYV website that include chat, text, or calling.  Keep reaching out.  You are doing a brave thing!</span></p><p><span class="ms-rteFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteThemeForeColor-2-4" style="">​TC-crisis counselor​</span></p></div>15

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