Category - Alcohol Addiction

Lovin’ The Feelin’

Jimmy’s first drink was in junior high school. He had friends whose parents kept a stocked bar and were frequently absent. As a child, he felt awkward and out of place, but the alcohol provided Jim with “the answer.” He loved the...

Drinking Family

Pat grew up in a drinking family. Alcohol was always involved at all family social gatherings, and results were less than pleasing. Because of that, Pat vowed as a child to not drink at home, but as an adult he never lived up to...

Breakdown

Steve always felt different from other people. He first felt that way when, as a young child, he was made to repeat kindergarten. He now thinks his failure to socialize or make friendships at that age was the result of his mother...

Didn’t Drink Today

Dave didn’t drink today, and because of that he says “he never had it so good.” He grew up in a steel mill town, with a family of non-alcoholics. He never drank as a child. Dave’s first use of alcohol came...

Inside Him

Jason says his drinking life was “awful” and that he now knows he was born with a disease of alcoholism. He says it was inside him, just waiting to be activated by his life’s first drink. Jason grew up in a...

Bed Burning

Eileen came a family of non-drinkers. She says her childhood was perfect up until age 13, when her parents announced to her they were divorcing. Because of her family’s breakup, she was relocated from a quiet, rural town to...

Brothers

Twin Brothers “Z” and “T” are both alcoholics in recovery, who think their first drinks came while they were in the womb, when their mother would drink while pregnant. Both reflect on their lives before...

Keeps Drinking

Ray says alcohol would help he feel better about himself. He never liked his life, even as a child. He learned to drink in his youth, by watching his father and other adults. Even as a senior citizen now, his uncle still sits in...

Accepting The Unacceptable

Jason began drinking in high school, like so many others. He and his friends would drink together. His first time getting drunk ended with him getting incredibly sick and vomiting, but he still woke up the next day with an...

If She Never Picked Up A Drink

Marianne thinks that even if she never picked up a drink, she would still be an alcoholic. She’s not sure of when her first drink happened, but alcohol was always present in her home growing up. Even at dinner parties, her...

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