I saw this photo quote online and thought it would be a good topic to discuss. I have heard people say things about how they feel like they “have to” drink to fit in. My husband is a drummer so when he is playing in a band it brings us into the bars because that is where the local bands play, or if there is an event happening in town. I got to thinking though that I have heard people of all ages talk about this and how they feel they have to drink to fit in. To me I think that is just absurd and I feel that more people need to stand for what they believe in and not feel so pressured to do anything just to be accepted by people who are probably not true friends in the first place.
I take alcoholism very seriously because I live that life. I am the wife of an alcoholic and the last thing I want is for my Daughter, Step-Children, or friends to walk that same path. When I hear my daughter tell me about her and her friends going out and drinking I have to admit that I sometimes kind of stop breathing for a moment because I have concerns about her ending up with a drinking problem. I can hear her right now saying “Oh my God Mom, I don’t have a problem I don’t drink all the time, I rarely get drunk”! And she is right, she doesn’t have a problem, I tend to over react at times, BUT because her Dad is a recovering alcoholic and she grew up in an alcoholic home and her biological Dad is an addict I can’t help but feel that overprotective Mom inside just praying that she doesn’t get caught up in any addiction. My daughter is an independent young woman with a great job, and a good heart. She is good to her family and friends. She thinks before she makes choices and weighs what the consequences will be and that is simply by learning from past mistakes and lessons life has taught her. I am a very proud Momma, she is an amazing beautiful person, a great role model for her nieces!
My husband and I have had people (men and women) ask us HOW we don’t drink in a bar. My husband tells them he is a recovering alcoholic and breaks out in hand cuffs when he drinks HAHAHA (a little dark humor there). They will ask me why I don’t drink and my response is…… simply out of respect for my husband, and I don’t need to drink. Some people are just amazed and just don’t understand how it is possible and believe we have such will power, (these are usually the people who have a drinking problem). They say how envious they are because they wish they could do it. Yet others judge us, and will give us these weird looks. It is OK judge away, I know that they are miserable and addiction is in control of their lives so they can’t see past themselves and believe that somehow we are missing out on a “fun” life. That would be where they are wrong, FUN didn’t start for us until recovery came into our lives. Now it is all real and honest and we remember things we did and my husband doesn’t have to wake up in the morning wondering what he did the night before to hurt everyone and wake up with regret.
My concern though are the ones that do it to fit into a social standard. The ones that do it even though they don’t like it and then they begin to crave it. The ones that believe that if they drink or do drugs like their so called “friends” they will be liked. The ones that do it for a guy or a girl. I hear younger people being allowed to have a drink or two at a BBQ or a dinner event. I do not agree with this. I believe that this type of behavior that parents allow when they have teenagers just creates a pathway to some form of addiction and bad choices. Maybe it is judgmental but I do not think it is OK to allow your underage kids to drink, they are not your friend they are your children, you are their parents and role models. If you make bad choices like drinking and driving what do you think they will do? Have a drink with your kids when they are grown adults and are of legal age. I feel like we have enough troubled children in this world due to a lack of parenting with boundaries, structure and consequences. This of course is just my opinion I am not a doctor but I am a Mother, Stepmother, Wife, Daughter, Etc. so my feelings about this I will tell you I am biting my tongue right now to say more about it, but think before you act and do what is right long term for your children and family.
In our family there is a lot of addiction and it rips families apart. It kills people, it causes terrible health issues, it destroys relationships, it is truly a devastating disease that you can actually do something about! Get your ass to recovery, check into rehab don’t leave because it is tough because you know the saying “no pain no gain”. It will be harder emotionally than anything but I can promise you this, your whole life will change in ways you never imagined were possible. Nobody is blowing smoke up your ass it’s real, miracles do happen. I mean it isn’t all unicorns and rainbow’s everyday but you will have those days too. There isn’t just one way to recover but you must do it right. Being dry isn’t the same as recovering! Do the work and watch your life unfold before your eyes. Life isn’t going to give you everything you want, your marriage may be too damaged to save, you may have lost your job and everything you had, some of your relationships with family will be destroyed and you may never get that back, but you might, it may not be today or tomorrow but months and even years from now people do come back. Have faith in yourself, when you are right and healthy you attract that back into your life. If the best thing that happens is those people accept your amends and forgive you, then that in itself is progress.
Sometimes we have to loose everything in order to appreciate just one thing! Sometimes you have to start from the ground up all over again to live a life that is worth living. Living drunk and strung out is not a life, you are merely existing, it is not a way to live. Stealing from families and innocent people, hurting others to get your next drink or your next high is not OK. You may believe that the only person you are hurting is yourself but let me tell you that as the wife of an alcoholic and a mother to the children involved, you hurt your loved ones way more than you are hurting yourself and that is part of addiction, you can’t see past your own nose. Trust me when I say to you no matter what age you are……..Be true to yourself, don’t drink or do drugs just to fit in because if that’s what you have to do to fit in then THOSE ARE NOT YOUR PEOPLE! Your people are the ones that do not judge or criticize you but want to help you reach your God given potential to be all you can in this world. We all have a gift, a divine purpose, find it, embrace it. Get to know who you are without medicating and running from your issues nothing will stop that pain until you deal with it and allow yourself to heal. Drugs and alcohol do not allow you to heal. Recovery is work, hard work and it is something you have to choose to do every day for the rest of your life but it will be the most satisfying intense work you have ever done and the payment will be living an honest life that you can be proud of full of good honest people!! Have a safe Memorial Day, make good choices!
Wishing you Peace & Serenity, Harmony