Helping Mom To Stop Drinking

Dear Sara,

I am sixteen years old and a junior in high school. I live with my Mom and she gets home from work about six o’clock. As soon as she gets home she starts to drink. By nine o’clock she is pretty drunk and goes to sleep on the couch. I do my homework and wake her up before I go to bed. I’ve tried to tell her that I don’t want to live this way but she told me she can’t help it. My Dad lives in another state and I could live with him but I would have to leave my friends and there would be no one to take care of my Mom. How can I get my Mom to quit drinking?
-Rebecca




Dear Rebecca,

It’s not your job to take care of your Mom. She should be taking care of you. She has already told you that she doesn’t have the strength to quit drinking so as long as she has you there to help her she won’t quit. You have to do what’s best for you. If you go to live with your Dad, your Mom will have to deal with her alcoholism by herself. People who drink too much sometimes have to hit bottom in order to seek help. Your Mom’s drinking is not your responsibility. You will make new friends if you go to live with your Dad.
Take care of yourself.
-Sara

Comments

  1. VIMALA PADMARAJ says:

    REBECCA PLEASE VISIT THE NEAREST AA AND ASK THEM TO VISIT YOUR MOM. IT IS CALLED TWELFTH STEPPING BY AA MEMBERS WHO HAVE QUIT DRINKING ONE DAY AT A TIME. THEY WILL BE ON THE SAME WAVELENGTH AS YOUR MUM AND THEY ARE THE BEST PEOPLE TO HELP HER TO QUIT. YOU ARE A WONDERFUL GIRL. DO THIS FOR YOUR MUM. MAY GOD BLESS YOU

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