Moms and Alcoholism: It’s More Common than you Think
Drinking can be a problem for moms, especially stay-at-home moms who are more prone to depression than their working counterparts. A 2012 Gallup poll reports that stay-at-home moms are 11 percent more likely to struggle with depression than women who work outside the home. Some people drink to “drown their sorrows,” but this behavior can get out of hand. The result is alcohol abuse, and alcoholism that can lead moms into a downward spiral.
Moms, Don’t Hide Your Alcoholism
Mothers hide their alcoholism because it’s still taboo to be open about it. If you’re struggling with drinking too much, and you’re a parent, it’s highly likely you’ve found the issue embarrassing or difficult to talk about. Don’t let societal judgments force you into secrecy.
It’s important to remember that you’re not alone. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, approximately 4 million women struggle with alcohol dependence in the US. It can be assumed this statistic is on the low side because women are less likely to report their alcoholism, according to Everyday Health.
Everyday Health reached out to psychologist and executive director of the Thelma McMillen Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment, Moe Gelbart, PhD, to comment on the situation. Gelbart had this to say: “There is still a cultural stigma attached to female drinking versus male. As such, women’s alcohol problems will tend to be more ‘underground’ and ‘hidden.”
There is Help for Alcoholic Moms
Ladies, especially moms, are encouraged to speak out about their issues with alcoholism, such as the brave moms who told their stories to California news source, WNDU. For a long time Heather Fanning hid her drinking from her family. She would stash her drinks around the home, in out of the way places, and she’d drink vodka, beer, and wine while her family remained somewhat clueless.
Heather didn’t wait for alcoholism to take her life or someone else’s. She sought help from an inpatient treatment center. According to Heather, admitting that she needed help was the most difficult part. She shared her story to inspire more women to come forward, in order to “reverse the trend of women turning to alcohol,” and also hiding their addiction.
There are treatment centers that cater specifically to women and moms. If you’re struggling with alcoholism, there are places you can go where your specific issues will be addressed. Moreover, you’ll be surrounded by women from all walks of life, so you can see that alcoholism doesn’t discriminate. It’s a real disease, and some of the best moms struggle with it.
According to Sandy’s Place, a leading alcohol rehab for women, “If not addressed, alcohol abuse begins to unravel all facets of a woman’s life. It is dangerous for women physically, socially, and spiritually. It often takes women away from their true selves and what is most important to them.”
Don’t risk your relationships with your children or your spouse. Instead, reach out for help. Remember, simply admitting you need help is often the most difficult hurdle. Once you’ve reached out for help, everything else will fall into place and you can begin your journey toward recovery.