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The Effects Of Alcohol Abuse On The Family

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Monday thru Friday, Tina wakes up, goes to work, comes home from work, takes off her work clothes, and cracks open a beer, Joose, or a bottle of wine. She does not do this because she had a bad day at work, but because it has truly become a routine in her life. My mom arrives home an hour or so later and if she wanted to go somewhere for dinner or even go for a walk, she knew she would not be able to do so because Tina was already in her nightclothes and drinking. Unfortunately, like many addicts, my step mom, Tina, does not see the impact this is having on her relationship with my mom and family. To say my step mom is an addict would truly be an understatement because of her need and crave for it each day. Unfortunately, alcohol abuse is…show more content…
It is very often that those of the LGBT community look for a place that they are accepted and loved because of the lack of appreciation for the diversity and creativity they bring to the world. Just as many other addicts, they find themselves in such a place because of traumatic experiences. While talking to Tina about her addiction causes and reasons for it, she also opened up to me about a very crucial time in her life and cause of the addiction. At a young age her grandfather began sexually abusing her and taking advantage of her innocence and vulnerability as a child. It is very often that addicts come to their substance usage and abusage because of a traumatic experience in their life. “There is a very strong correlation between a history of physical and/or sexual or domestic abuse and substance abuse disorders in women” (DSM-5, 2013), and because of this, she experimented at a young age in hopes to forget the hell he brought into her childhood. Although she went through such a traumatic experience, she still managed to move on, but did find herself hand in hand with various other issues. Along with her alcohol addiction and dependence came other addictions to marijuana, other drugs, and tobacco. Unfortunately, my stepmother upheld her addictions so much, she ended up outsourcing
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