My sister and I grew up in a household where angry outbursts were common and almost always followed by a beating. It didn’t take us very long to realize that this happened much more often when our father was drinking. He spiraled out of control much faster after he drank a few beers to “relax”.
My childhood experiences have made me a very strong advocate for alcohol and substance abuse counseling. Not everyone can handle drinking, and drinking should only be done in moderation. Our father grew up with an alcoholic father and was accustomed to anger and violence so I imagine he never thought twice about his behavior. I really do not believe in my heart that he meant to inflict harm, but at that time I vacillated between an intense hate and love for him.
It was a cycle that I am happy to say has stopped with my sister and I, but while physical wounds heal, emotional scars remain on the surface, waiting to inflict pain again. Those who have been in a relationship with someone who abuses alcohol or drugs can attest to their many moments of walking on eggs shells and trying to keep peace just to avoid conflict. You never totally relax. An angry voice, to this day, takes me backwards.
I love my father and grandfather, though they are no longer with us, I wish they could have gotten healing for the emotional turmoil they dealt with daily; that which made them mistakenly seek the solace of alcohol. Some seem to think that alcoholism and drug addiction is an illness. Atlanta drug abuse rehab centers advise us that the abuse stems from other problems. It is simply a symptom of an underlying issue or issues. Many programs treat the symptom (abusing drugs or alcohol) and completely ignore the problem. This is why Atlanta alcohol rehab has a much higher success rate because they get to the core of the problem, healing the abuser not just the abuse.
If you or a loved one has a problem, they need help. Don’t you want to see them get the best help there is; one of hope and recovery?
Thanks so much for visiting me. Take care, stay healthy and God bless!
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