Time goes on like nothing happened. Everyone goes about their lives like nothing happened.
Arguments and conflict
Like many families with addiction, there was constant covering up to make things look ‘respectable’ and keep the secret.
I am the adult child of an alcoholic who I lost to her addiction in 2006.
As much as I tried to protect my son with every fibre of my being, I couldn’t fully protect him.
Addiction doesn’t just affect the addict. Addiction is a family illness.
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.
Deep down I knew what was happening.