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I'm a Mum and a Doctor ... But Alcohol Has Become a Real Problem For Me

by Michelle
(Australia)

I've never done this before, that is, tell my story, but I think I've reached the end of the road here. I'm a single mum of a 12 month old boy, I'm a doctor and so obviously should know better, but I can't seem to stop this slide into nothingness.


It feels as though I'm the only one who has ever felt like this. I'm so worried that my son's father will take him from me, and perhaps that's better for my baby, but not for me. Am I just really selfish? I'm seeing a drug and alcohol psychiatrist, which is helping a lot, but I have had a big set back in the past few days.

Why is it that alcohol is the easiest way to escape? I know it's bad, I know it's ruining my health and affecting my relationship with my son. I've drunk nothing for 2 months; prior to this, I was drinking 2 bottles of wine each day, supplemented with temazepam and valium.

And no one knew, they still thought I was a good doctor (I do love my patients). Does anyone else have a similar story? I'd love to hear how you cured yourself. Thanks for listening, Michelle.

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we do recover..............
by: Anonymous

I'm a social worker and have been clean for a few months.

was for 7 years but relapsed for three

Plenty of Doctors in AA

Read the Big Book

Kind Regards

JC

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You're still only human
by: Anonymous

You may be a doctor, but you're still only human with all the same human frailties as everyone else, which makes you just as susceptible to alcoholism as the rest of the population. So don't beat yourself up over it. You've obviously got the self-awareness to recognise the problem, now it's a question of finding a way to beat the problem. Overcoming an alcohol problem successfully is usually about replacing the void that alcohol fills. That's why many people think of alcoholism primarily as a spiritual problem more than anything else. That doesn't necessarily mean having to find religion, but finding healing and life-affirming ways to help give your life balance and purpose - whether it be a hobby, yoga, meditation, exercise etc. So explore ways whereby you can nurture your mind, body and soul ... and you'll find in doing that, the desire to drink will eventually leave you. And you have all the motivation in the world to make the effort - do it for the sake of you child. You can get through this. Best of Luck

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