Alcohol was my antidepressant.
It began with a glass of whiskey, solely within the night. Then the only glass is not sufficient. Rapidly the doses enhance, she goes to 2 glasses, three glasses. And that is the gear. Alcohol takes over, however Dominique doesn’t really feel sick.
“I used to be intellectually unable to inform myself that I used to be an alcoholic. For me, I used to be a dwelling maid. I might cease at any time“. Dominique was mistaken. The illness was already consuming away at him. Alcoholism had settled, lastingly. And with him it was disgrace that overflowed. Her standing as a lady, clever, senior supervisor in telecommunications, mom, forbade him his uncontrollable dependancy to alcohol.
When folks say they’ve most cancers, individuals are empathetic. Whenever you promote your alcoholism, for them it's a vice. In addition to, a person who drinks is a bon vivant, however a lady who drinks is a pochtronne.
So Dominique drinks in secret, removed from others, removed from judgments. In 2015, an alcoholic good friend advised her about the ANPAA. “She advised me that she would by no means set foot there. That the affiliation is positioned on a big boulevard, in full view of everybody.“But when Dominique decides to make the leap it’s to protect her life. She then begins her path in the direction of whole abstinence. To assist her, she will be able to rely on psychologists, nurses, in a position to take heed to her, to ANPAA, as a bulwark in opposition to loneliness.
“I'm in remission!”
Dominique, now a former alcoholic, turned a volunteer at ANPAA. Like revenge and like a wink. Now she helps these ladies hooked on alcohol.
My alcoholism I don’t make a glory of it, I don’t carry it like a normal. However I do know the ache of those ladies. We’re galley buddies, we communicate the identical language.
At the moment if she testifies to her alcoholic previous, it’s nonetheless for others. With out disgrace, with out taboo, free and abstinent. A lesson in life and braveness, to present keys to those that cross the identical desert. “What number of occasions have I given the ANPAA quantity to Bourges? Dozens, I do know it by coronary heart: 0248707979“, she concluded with a smile.