How alcoholism destroyed my dad’s life
I am still in high school right now, but after my experiences with my father and his abusiveness, I feel much more mature and have a lot more ambition in life. I promised myself that I wouldn’t drink and do drugs after this whole experience because I am not putting my family through nonsense that could be avoided. I am working hard in school to get into college and get a job to support my family and me. I don’t feel as if I have to, but I want to because my mom deserves more than everything in this world after this experience.
My dad was a recovering addict, but he was one of the nicest men you could have known. He had a rough exterior, but he would give you anything, and he was hilarious. Then he made a new younger friend at his job and that’s when everything went downhill. His newfound friend was a drug abuser and drank a lot. My father was clean for over seven years, but recovering is a lifelong process. My dad started drinking, and he would come home when he was sober enough and act like nothing had happened. Then he started taking steroids. For my birthday we went to Canada, where he got many other drugs. After Canada, it was a downward spiral. He was drinking in the house and screaming at my mom, coming into my room crying at 2 a.m. and talking about killing himself. One night, he went out and ended up in jail for having four different type of drugs in his car and being drunk at the same time.
We went to go pick him up and had a serious talk in the car. He agreed to clean up. Then his family wanted to force an intervention on him. The day of the intervention one of his family members allowed him to smoke in her car, and when they got into the intervention everything went insane. He almost hit my mom, and we had to leave our house because my own father put us in harm’s way. After that, they planned on getting a divorce, and he would harass my mom and call her horrible names. In the beginning, I used to talk to him, but then he started to get worse with my mom and also with my brother, saying how he wish he wasn’t alive and such. I decided that I would never want to talk to him again because you’re never supposed to talk to anyone like that.
No one should have to deal with anyone under the influence; that is the reason drugs are illegal. If you are dealing with someone who is on drugs, then first you can talk to them about it and get them programs to help them. But eventually, if they aren’t listening, it’s time to step up your game and try to get away from them because they will bring you down with them.
I am still making the best of this situation everyday. I am working harder in school and doing so much better. If you let them bring you down, they will. So don’t let them. Work harder and be a better person. Talk to people. It will always make things better to get it off your chest. If I made it, you can too.