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Hearing how other people felt as children and as adults can help us make sense of our own experiences. Whilst every family is unique, many families affected by alcohol problems face similar issues.
There are lots of personal stories in the followings sections. Why not try reading a few and perhaps come back another time to read some more? You may also find it cathartic to write about your own experiences.
If you would like to contribute your experience for others to read, please email Hilary Henriques. Would it be mum?
Oh, how I wish I had a gun To end you? I was too young to pinpoint a specific time or place. I think I was aged about 10 or When he came back everything erupted, I used to lie on the floor of my bedroom and listen to mum and dad arguing for hours and hours, almost the entire time he was back.
I thought my bedroom was the only safe place I had until mum used to invade it drunk and I would have to sit there and listen to the same words coming out of her mouth over and over again.
It was like a conversation stuck on repeat. I would get blamed for everything. My parents finally divorced and I was given a choice as I was old enough by then. Stay with mum in the family home or move with dad and my younger sisters to my nans.
I chose to stay with mum. I remember her wetting herself in front of me. I remember picking her up off the bathroom floor. I remember dressing her and feeding her.
My sisters returned to live with us but mum was still drinking and so I had to be both mum and dad in the house now. I cooked the meals, took my sisters to school, cleaned and even went out and brought mums alcohol for her.
I realised that pouring it down the sink just made her worse. That period was awful, we were evicted several times and even lived out of a friends van. The thing that made me the most angry and frustrated was the fact that I felt helpless.
It was after school drama club that gave me a reason to get out of the house, I could stay away from mum for at least another two hours after school finished and it was a safe place where I could finally relax.
On stage I could be someone else and I really enjoyed performing. Moving away to university was what saved me, literally.
Making the tough decision to leave mum was the best thing that could have happened for the both of us. Whilst at University I found a way to express what had happened. I studied drama and was able to use that to explore my childhood story. I am now pleased to say mum has been seeking help and is doing really well.
I created an autobiographical show about my childhood which is toured the UK. Mum and dad came to see it and afterwards shared the first civil conversation they have had between each other for many years.
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