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The Drinking Man


The sadness of addiction

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bhogg
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A sad story, one that I can relate to. My son is an alcoholic as well. He's sober now for about one year, but it can change so quickly. You're right about nothing you to do...you can't. Maybe he'll hit bottom and come back up! Regards, Bill


 Comment Written 29-Oct-2019



reply by the author on 29-Oct-2019
    Thanks for reading,
    Alcohol does not just ruin the life of the addict, but it hurts all the members of the family. It is watching a person you love slowly die. When, I was nursing end stage alcohol addicts- it was absolutely horrid.
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Addiction is really sad and heartbreaking to the loved ones who have to try and deal with/come to terms with, when someone they love is lost to it. Whatever demons are driving them to drink need to be vanquished first, but that alas is easier said than done. I feel for you friend.



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reply by the author on 29-Oct-2019
    Thank you for reading,
    It is a very hard time in our lives. I am choosing to walk through the pain and feel it - it is the only way to get through it.
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Oh Flyaway, this is such a sad story and so bad for you to bear the consequences of your son's alcohol problem. It is a common problem and alcohol is so easy to obtain - it's on the shelves of the stores 24 hours. You write a sad poem. He needs help - are there no centres that you can get him to? - this drug is so dangerous and damages the liver and kidneys.
When you say he has to choose - he already has chosen. Oh I hope you can get him help. My thoughts are with you. Good luck - Dorothy xx


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reply by the author on 29-Oct-2019
    Thank you for reading,
    It is very painful, but I am not running from it. The only way to deal with pain is to walk through. I don?t know the end of story yet.
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Hello and a terrific Tuesday to you Flyaway1. I enjoyed reading your poem, thanks for sharing that deeply personal message with us. It is always tragic to lose someone you love to addiction. Unfortunately you can't help someone who doesn't want to help themselves. I hope he can realize that his life is here and now and not at the bottom of a bottle. Thanks again for sharing!


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reply by the author on 30-Oct-2019
    Thank you for reading.
    My son is protecting his addiction on all fronts. Soon he will be homeless and then maybe he will choose a better life.
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This is a sad, deep and powerful poem and my heart breaks for you and all families who struggle with this disease. You are so brave to allow us a glimpse of this struggle.
I wish you, your son and family hope and peace.
Blessings, MB


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reply by the author on 30-Oct-2019
    Thank you for reading.
    The addiction is still got such a grip on him. I don?t know how this will end. But we pray and we hope.
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My son is 38 and yes, he is also lost to alcohol. He was once bright and witty and worked as assistant manager at a grocery store. He drank everyday, but managed to work. One day, he just decided he wasn't going to work, and became a full-time alcoholic. He was living with me until the night in an alcoholic psychosis, he stuck a loaded Glock in my face and said he was going to kill me because I was a 'fucking bitch'.
That was 5 years ago and was the second to last time I've seen him. The last was when I testified against him in court. My five year no contact order is going to expire next month. I have moved, and hopefully he won't find me. The last I heard, he was living in his cousin's basement, drinking, and not working. He spent 6 months in jail for his last OWI and couldn't wait to be released so he could have a drink. It is so very sad what alcohol can do. I will keep you in my prayers, my friend~Debbie


 Comment Written 29-Oct-2019



reply by the author on 29-Oct-2019
    Thank you for reading.
    I can only love my son even. If I have to send him away. His choice to get better or not.
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Boy, this poem was very raw, very direct and very, very sad. It's true what you say though: the drink takes away youth and innocence, replacing those two vital things with cynicism, fear and a sense of being old before your time. I hope your boy comes back from the brink one day, and soon. Thanks for sharing this part of your life with us today!


 Comment Written 28-Oct-2019



reply by the author on 28-Oct-2019
    Thank you for reading,
    The writing helped me to clarify that I am not dealing with a son in his right mind. I am dealing with an addiction. I will always hope- that is what mothers do.

reply by Gypsymooncat on 28-Oct-2019
    I wish you both well, and as I said, that he comes back to being the son you knew for both your sakes xoxox
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Thanks for sharing this really well-done and heartfelt. We went through the same thing for many years with a family member. Don't give up hope as long as they are here, there is always hope. I will pray for him and your family. All the best, Laura


 Comment Written 28-Oct-2019



reply by the author on 28-Oct-2019
    Thank you for reading,
    I am so tired of fighting. I am fearful of emotional pain. Writing this helped me my son as an adult. Until he gets help, he is protecting an addiction and will act like an addict.

    Thanks for the encouragement.

reply by the author on 28-Oct-2019
    Thank you for reading,
    I am so tired of fighting. I am fearful of emotional pain. Writing this helped me my son as an adult. Until he gets help, he is protecting an addiction and will act like an addict.

    Thanks for the encouragement.
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This is a well written and very sad verse that you have entered or the Rhyming Poem contest.
Your story is well told and really pulls at the heart.
I hope things turn around for you.


 Comment Written 28-Oct-2019



reply by the author on 28-Oct-2019
    Thank you for reading.
    I think the exercise of writing it down helped me to separate the boy from the man. Right now he is the addiction.
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duchessofdrumborg
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Sharpen your quill every day!
 
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"The Drinking Man", is a well-written and heart-wrenching piece. This talented poet has told it as it is. It was a pleasure to read and review a poem of this standard. I look forward to seeing your next post.


 Comment Written 28-Oct-2019



reply by the author on 28-Oct-2019
    Thank you for reading.
    At first the piece made me feel vulnerable and some pain, then I realized it was a strong piece to myself. It?s about the addiction. I need to remember as long as my son is under the influence, I need to know that he will lie, steel and be abusive. His Addiction is strong but God is stronger.

reply by duchessofdrumborg on 28-Oct-2019

    Flyaway1. You're very welcome. Sadly all
    addictions are strong but God is stronger than everything else.
    God bless and take care,
    the Duchess
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