Moms Who Hide Alcoholism

Moms Who Hide AlcoholismBecause alcohol is legal, and use is largely accepted by society, it is the most logical drug for people to use when seeking a buzz or high. Alcoholism can affect anyone, not just the old, disheveled bum on the street or the wild, partying college student; mothers can develop drinking problems just as well as anyone else. In fact, mothers are loaded with responsibility and stress; they may be more susceptible to alcoholism than one would think. Here are the top reasons why moms start abusing alcohol:

  • To relax. Alcohol is a depressant and it calms and relaxes one’s nerves. High stress, pressure and responsibility can become overwhelming and trigger alcohol abuse.
  • To escape. Mother’s can become bored, malcontent, or unsatisfied with their mundane life, especially with newborns, and need to get away for awhile. Mother’s may also be exhausted and need an escape from their chaotic, hectic lifestyle.
  • To cope. Alcohol can be used as a coping mechanism for emotional pain or trauma.
  • To feel alive. Some mothers miss going out and having a good time or want to feel young again. No person wants to lose their sense of excitement, and alcohol can give them feelings of youth or energy.
  • To block out physical and emotional pain. After childbirth some women experience post-partum depression or anxiety. These conditions are psychologically exhausting. By drinking a woman is able to temporarily numb that emotional pain.

How to Tell If Your Mom Is Hiding a Drinking Problem

Some alcoholics may be functional alcoholics, which means they can still function and behave normally while dealing with addiction. Many moms try to hide their alcohol abuse and continue with their daily tasks and responsibilities making it difficult for friends and family to spot a drinking problem. If you believe your mom may have a drinking problem, look for the following symptoms:

  • Neglecting responsibilities and other activities
  • Excessive use or drinking more than intended
  • Tolerance or the need to consume larger amounts of alcohol in order to get a buzz
  • Needing alcohol to function
  • Only participating in activities where alcohol is involved
  • Noticeable changes in sleep, eating and grooming habits
  • Black outs, hangovers or vomiting
  • A dramatic change in mood when consuming alcohol
  • Using alcohol as a pick-me-up
  • Hiding drinking from others or exhibiting signs of guilt, secrecy or denial
  • The occurrence of withdrawal symptoms when not drinking

If My Mom Is Not Drinking and Driving, Is Her Drinking Dangerous?

Alcoholism is a brutal disease. The longer it progresses, the more devastation and destruction it can cause. A parent may not demonstrate out-of-control behavior or wild antics while drinking, but that does not mean his or her behavior is harmless. Alcohol intoxication can cripple a person’s physical and mental coordination. The impairment from alcohol can lead to accidental death and injury for the person drinking and everyone surrounding them. A mother’s ability to care for her children becomes impaired while drinking. Long-term alcoholism can destroy relationships and families and pose serious health risks.

How to Approach a Parent about Getting Alcohol Addiction Help

Confronting a parent about his or her drinking problem can be difficult. A child does not want to overstep boundaries, seem foolish or damage the relationship with their mother or father. If you have a parent who is need of treatment help for alcohol abuse, please call our toll-free helpline today. Our highly-trained rehab counselors are here 24 hours a day to answer any questions or concerns you may have and can provide you with as much information as you need about recovery or intervention. The decision to get help for a loved one is courageous and may save a life. You do not have to go through this alone, please call us now. We’re here for you 24 hours a day.