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Alcoholics are---

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50 posted 08-15-2006 06:28 PM       View Profile for Cloud 9   Email Cloud 9   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Cloud 9

"My dad was an alcoholic. Growing up with it was hard you know. I do believe that it is a disease and is hereditary; that's why I'll never touch it. I already suffered enough from booze and I wasn't even the one drinking it."

My dad as well. I didn't have the "addiction" to alcohol but I did to drugs. As I got older I realized I was just like my dad but with a different substance. I did it for myself. 15 yrs later and I haven't touched it once. I am now helping one of my friends through it. I always knew she was an alcoholic but she didn't and now that she realized that she is I am there for her all the way.

Karen- I read all of your threads in here and I am not sure whether to laugh or to cry and I find myself doing both. big hugs to you.

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51 posted 08-15-2006 06:33 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

" I am not sure whether to laugh or to cry "

I have learned that it's possible to do both simultaneously.

and you people do touch my heart.

Thank you.
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52 posted 08-15-2006 07:15 PM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Reflectively I have followed this thread day by day~

I now offer a small contribution -

Alcoholics are loved~
(They just aren't always aware of just how much)

Alcoholics are someone's brother, sister, father, mother, aunt, uncle, cousin, grandmother, grandfather, friend~
(They are close enough to touch ... but we often do not reach out to them)

Alcoholics are individuals with a lot of love to give~
(But they don't always know how)

Alcoholics are alcoholics~
(And most often not anonymously)

Alcoholics are heartache waiting for a place to happen~
(And most often they are breaking their own, along with those around them)

Alcoholics are people who have a predisposed disposition to consumption that they can't handle~
(They often don't know how or when they started, and don't know how to stop)

Alcoholics are manipulative because it serves their purpose~
(To be allowed to continue drinking without facing the reality of what they are doing to themselves and to those who love them)

Alcoholics are in every walk of life~
(The illness ... and it IS a documented illness ... knows no boundaries as they relate to race, color, creed or gender)

Alcoholics NEED~
(They NEED tough-love and intervention instead of enabling by the ones who love them most)

Alcoholics are reachable~
(But most often they don't realize that the helping hands are there for them)

Alcoholics are most often in denial~
(The alcohol gives them that barrier to hide behind)

Alcoholics are loved~
(Even when they are detested for the actions caused by their weakness)

Alcoholics are LOVED~
(Oh god, how they are loved)

It isn't the alcoholic that we detest ...
it is the actions that the illness produces~

Alcoholics are LOVED ... LOVED ... LOVED~

*Huglets* from this heart~

~*The sound of a kiss is not as strong as that of a cannon, but it's echo endures much longer*~
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53 posted 08-27-2006 03:31 AM       View Profile for latearrival   Email latearrival   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for latearrival

torschlusspanik: Good word, but I will never remember it! LOL

I loved this whole thread. Kif kif and Serenity, your conversation depicts the minds of thinkers.. I can see both sides easily. But then, that is half my problem. I can see in too many directions. (And they say my peripheral vision has weakened!)  But it all boils down to; we all have problems and have learned to solve them in our own way. Hopefully strength comes with life. It does not seem to matter how strong we see ourselves. There is always something to come along to blow us down.

RE: Rif Rif.  Mention of indentured workers next to beer gardens. Here in Florida they have just arrested a farmer who hires day workers, pays the least he can and sells them crack, tobacco and booze at an inflated price so he is keeping them indebted to him and they are as slaves. Geesh! I thought that style of farming went out years ago! How little we all know.

Anyway, I picked up a lot of information and thoughts from this thread and I am sure others have. All the posts were helpful. And we will probably never have the answer. Love to all, martyjo  
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