Being a single parent can have a whirlwind of stress. Raising a child of your own all by yourself… it can be extremely stressful. But, you’re getting by. You’ve learned techniques; how to master nap time so you get both kids to bed at the same time. Or packing 4 different outfits because the first 3 will be spit up on. It’s the little things, right? Through the endless hours of crying, fighting, hitting, and biting, you can’t wait for the kids to fall asleep so you can catch a break. So you can pour a glass of wine. You drink every night, maybe use prescription drugs to mend the stress. Uh, let’s double the dosage this time. The more this happens, the bigger drug or alcohol dependency you’ll have.
Parenting takes patience, commitment, time, and energy. It’s challenging doing it with someone else, but even more challenging as a single parent. You take full responsibility for your children as they grow up watching you as their role model. What can you do when you become flustered? Can you leave your kids in their room and hope for the best? Maybe. Can you leave them crying for an absurd amount of time? Maybe. But children are emotional and they need love and support. And that’s where you come in. Showing love and support as their role model and parent 24/7.
As you begin drinking to cope with the emotional stress you’re going through, you start unlocking a tolerance to go with it. The more you drink, the better you feel. But after awhile, you’ll need to drink twice the amount to feel better. Eventually, you’ll be able to drink so much that your body slowly blacks out.
You might not be in this situation right now, and you might be functioning as a mom and an addict, but don’t get the mindset that you won’t become this way. If you’re drinking on the daily, not to loosen up but to get buzzed or drunk, you could lose your functioning ability and slowly become the careless mom who needs a drink at all times.
If you’re beginning to see a problem with alcohol or opiates, you’re not alone. New Start wants to help you, whether it’s going to our program or finding another program that better fits what you’re looking for. We are here to help as a resource. Our phone number is 855-737-7363, you can call us or chat with us online. We’re here for you.
If you’re at the point where you start to feel withdrawal symptoms from not drinking or taking drugs, this is your first sign that you have a problem. Whether you feel your fingers twitching, you’re sweating uncontrollably, or have a headache and feel nauseous. These are all symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. You might also experience seizures, hallucinations, or anxiety. If your quick fix is mixing liquor in your cup at work or sneaking to the bathroom to pop some pills, you’re feeding your addiction worse.