History repeats




Anyone else feel like they want to drink when they start to feel sad or if something bad happens.
I do because I can’t cope with sitting in silence by myself and hating myself. Then when I feel okay I say I’ll never be like my parents..
This week has been hard, knowing my dad never bothers with me and spends his time at the pub and being rejected by a guy I was getting to know. I go over everything a million times in my head and give up on doing anything with the day before work.
Honestly have no clue how to deal with things in good ways 😵‍💫

  • listener

    Hi tm19x,

    I'm so sorry you're struggling so much. It sounds like the past week has brought up some really difficult feelings that you're struggling to cope with. It's understandable that you want to drink to cope with this if you feel you have no other ways of dealing with things.

    Have you tried journaling? Keeping a diary can feel very therapeutic as it allows you to externalise those difficult emotions and thoughts, rather than having them stuck in your head.

    It's equally important to have things that give you a break from difficult emotions. Do you have any interests? Any things that you enjoy doing or that you're passionate about? Finding something that you really enjoy can give you an escape from difficult feelings in a healthy way, rather than using something like alcohol to escape. If you don't have anything like this it might be worth exploring it a little bit.

    Do you have any support around you? Dealing with things alone can feel incredibly isolating. I hope you have someone who you can reach out to if you need to talk. Remember that Nacoa is there for you as well if you'd like someone outside of the situation to talk to. You can email helpline@nacoa.org.uk or call 0800 358 3456.

    Take good care,

Leave a Reply

Recent topics

  • Unspoken pain
    Going to see you and I'm scared what I will face, seeing you shrunken and in this state will cause too much pain. Almost feels…
  • Recovering alcoholic left
    This is a bit of a different one but alcoholic father did good and is in recovery coming up 2 years. We endured the years…
  • Drinking Culture and trauma
    In September, it'll be my work's annual company day, usually a day away with an overnight stay. I missed one year, the only year I…
  • My dad is choosing alcohol
    For context from the day i was born till i was 12 me and my dad were close then the pandemic hit and he took…
  • Still Haunted
    Hi I grew up with an alcoholic father from my earliest memory until I moved out aged 21. I am now 44 years old and…

Recent replies

  • Hi, I’m so sorry for the pain you’re currently experiencing, this sound so raw for you. Seeing the effects of alcoholism on our parents can…
    listener on Unspoken pain
  • It’s so hard seeing our parents struggle with this disease, and it sounds like you have already lost your mum to alcoholism, which is just…
    here2help on Unspoken pain
  • Hi, I’m glad you’ve reached out here on the message board. This sounds so difficult for you. It’s really hard to say what’s ‘normal’ or…
    listener on Recovering alcoholic left
  • It's nice to share it here were people can understand. Sometimes it does feel very isolating not having anyone who understands what this is like.…
    tm19x on Reflection of my youth
  • I know exactly what you mean about this social expectation to be surrounded by alcohol and what that’s like as someone who’s life has been…
    henryvipart2 on Drinking Culture and trauma

Keep in touch

To find out more about our events and activities, subscribe to our mailing list

We use Mailchimp as our marketing platform. By subscribing, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing. Learn more about Mailchimp’s privacy practices.