Hi, my name is Josh, and I created this blog to tell you the story of my family. Specifically, I wanted to tell you about how I lost both my parents in a short period. My mom died from breast cancer when I was in my twenties, utterly devastating my dad and me. I handled it the best I could, throwing myself into my work and trying to stay distracted and make my mother proud. My dad, however, was completely heartbroken and stricken by grief. He turned to alcohol to try to soothe his pain and quiet his grief. He died of alcohol poisoning within a year of my mother’s death.
I’m not writing this blog so that you’ll feel sorry for me. In fact, it’s not really about me at all so much as it’s the story of my parents and my father’s descent into alcoholism. As difficult as it is to talk about, I wanted to share this story in hopes that it helps someone else struggling with alcoholism, or knows someone else suffering from it.
There are warning signs of alcohol abuse. All substance abuse problems are complicated and difficult to handle by family members of the addict, but alcohol problems can be particularly hard to recognize. This is because alcohol is legal, relatively inexpensive, easily accessed, and socially acceptable, compared to other illegal substances. An alcoholic can have a drink at any time in front of anyone without legal or social repercussions. For someone without experience with alcoholism, it can be difficult to recognize the signs of addiction.
I want this blog to show that tragedies can happen to anyone. Alcoholism is a huge problem worldwide, and I believe spreading awareness and information can help prevent deaths like my father’s.
If you suspect that you or someone you know is struggling with any sort of substance abuse problem, don’t wait until it’s too late to do something about it. Do your research on the signs and symptoms, how to intervene, and treatment options. You can help yourself, or your loved one change their lives or maybe even save them. Alcoholism does not have to keep destroying families.
Keep reading to learn more about my family and our story.