I never realized who my drinking problem was affecting so many people. Alcoholism destroys families daily. Relationships are ruined regularly and lives sometimes are taken into eternity before their time. It’s a much more serious problem than many users really understand. As I now look back over all of the wreckage that I and many friends and family members have suffered, I realize more than ever how serious this disease is.
A Mother’s Drinking Problem
My mom started drinking heavily after dad died. As a teenager I recall her and my step father fighting when she would go on binges that would leave her relentless when it came to getting, hiding and drinking a bottle of booze. She was not nice at all when anyone would try to interrupt her plans for getting plastered in a day. Finally, after going in and out of treatment several times, she latched onto the AA message and stayed clean and sober for over thirty years. During her drinking days everyone in the family was heavily affected in a negative way because of her choice to drink.
A Homeless Man Dies From Sclerosis of the Liver
This occurred at a young age. I believe that Bill was in his early thirties. Of all of the alcoholic homeless people that we were trying to get off of the streets and into a rehab program, Bill was the one I was most hopeful for. He never received our message of how Jesus could give him a new life until just moments before he passed away in his hospital bed. He had literally drank so much alcohol in so few years that his liver failed. His was the first death I’d ever witnessed.
A Nurse Addicted to Pain Killers, Alcohol and the Party Life
She destroyed her family because of her disease. The constant roller coaster of intense emotions that she lived on kept the entire family always on eggshells. Her attitude and behavior were so unpredictable. At times she would never come home to her husband and children after work for several days. Her husband tried to endure the mental and intensifying physical abuse that she would inflect, but eventually it was too much for him or the children. The family split at the seams with a nasty divorce.
Stories of how drinking alcohol destroys people’s goals, dreams, carriers, families and physical bodies are told by thousands every day in twelve step programs. Alcoholics Anonymous, Ala-non and many other Christ based group therapy meetings are held all over the world twenty four seven. Most alcoholic/addicts do not realize the damage that has been done until they get sober and look back at the wreckage of their past. Broken marriages, relationships and families are scattered all over the globe as a result of people’s choices to drink alcohol.Even my brother is an alcoholic.
The media paints such a glamorous fun picture of how drinking will affect our lives. It’s a total lie. There was nothing glamorous about how I used to yell at my young children when I was intoxicated. My mom looked horrible as she lay on the floor so plastered that she could not get up. My homeless friends stomach was the ugliest thing I’d ever seen in my life just before the fluids overtook his lungs and he took his last breath.
My prayer for you today is that God would show himself strong in your life healing the brokenness that has occurred from people drinking alcohol.