We care, for the better.
A place for families, because you don't have to use drugs to be affected by them.
- How do I know if they're using drugs?
- Why do they use drugs/alcohol?
- Is it my fault?
- How can I cope with their behaviour?
- Understanding the stages of addiction and recovery
- Where do I get the help I need?
- Getting support for your loved one
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Posted by Daughter of alcoholic on 29 April 2014.
I'm really struggling here! My Dad has been an alcoholic the whole of my life and I'm 21, in fact he's been addicted to alcohol for most of his life too. He started when he was 12, drinking his Dad's home brew and it progressed from there. He's 41 years old and has known he's had a problem since he was about 30 but refused any form of help. The last 3 years have been horrendous as he's been admired into hospital 5 times, as he has major cirrhosis of the liver and had internal bleeding. Each time they said he couldn't have another drop of alcohol and he promised he wouldn't. Yet again we've been faced with the same problem though. Everything hit an all time low on Boxing Day 2013 when my dad was rushed to hospital via ambulance. He was bleeding from everywhere and ended up having a seizure. He then spent 8 days in a coma while they tried to get the toxins out his blood. This was a terrible experience and from then on I decided he had to come and live with me so I could support him. It's now April and he hadn't touch alcohol at all until last week! I don't know what triggered it but he won't stop now, he's had an appointment at the doctors and is going to addaction tomorrow for proper help but I just don't know what to do. I have a 7 month old baby and live in a tiny flat with my partner. My partner has a 2 year old son who sleeps over and we have no room. I feel selfish and everyone tells me to stop thinking about myself but I physically can not look after my dad and everyone else, I feel so run down and rubbish and have no one to talk to who understands. My dad sneaks out all the time and I never hear him so then I spend all day looking for him and calling him, worrying if he's dead when I need to be looking after my daughter. I hope to addaction centre can help tomorrow because if not I'm stuck for options :( Is anyone else in a similar position that can chat?
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