I feel the confidence now to be able to share my experience of being a child of an alcoholic
Addiction taking priority
The true impact of my parent’s alcoholism will never be known to me.
There’s freedom in speaking up and working through this.
Like many families with addiction, there was constant covering up to make things look ‘respectable’ and keep the secret.
As much as I tried to protect my son with every fibre of my being, I couldn’t fully protect him.
For as far back as I can remember, I had a lingering feeling something was terribly wrong.
My Mum was an alcoholic. It’s taken a lot to say that.
We lived in it together, and I felt that no one else would ever understand.
Before I even knew what alcoholism was, I understood it was the cause of conflict in our house.
I spent days thinking that if I did not exist, it would make her better.