Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Better than zero divided by one, chance in a million is better than none - Chance in a Million

It is so painful to see a suffering alcoholic. It is more agonizing to be one. A few days ago my sister saw a young man staggering down the street. She intervened and he cried to her of his pain. She got him help, he seemed grateful. The next day, he was once again staggering down the street.
We'll ask for help - keep trying.
We'll push you away - don't run.
So many will die but you can save a life.
There's a chance.


Blogger Indeterminacy said...

Your post gives me encouragment in what I've seen as a hopeless situation of a friend who has serious problems with alcohol abuse. She's been to twice to a clinic, off work for months, but none of it appears to have had an affect.

2:53 AM  
Blogger carrie said...

maybe, but it is really their own choice. i couldn't save my father.

12:44 PM  
Anonymous Michael said...

I've got to second Carrie. My dad died from alcholism too. All you can do is be there for someone, it has to be their own choice at the end of the day.

4:58 PM  
Blogger Helen said...

Carrie and Michael,
I am so sorry for you loses. I lost a husband to alcohol so I know a bit about your pain. I try in this post to remind people not to give up. There is a chance that the alcoholic will listen, when he/she is ready. I, myself, am 17 years sober but had to be ready for it, as you both know.

6:01 PM  
Blogger VikiBabbles said...

There's something I'd like to say to this post, but I'm not sure how to say it.

I agree, Helen, that people, in general, should not give up on their friends/family who are alcoholics. But I've been on that not-giving-up side so many times, and it has NEVER worked out so that MY help was what saved any particular person.

They always had to do it for themselves. In fact, sometimes my help hindered them, as they relied on me (all together now: "Co-Dependent") to keep their pathetic journeys in a downward spiral.

Part of my heart has turned cold and hard because of this, and I no longer am able to feel sympathy, even empathy, as far as drug addicts and alcoholics go.

And I've been there myself, so I know. I truly do.

Of course, I'm on my third large cocktail, so who am I to talk?

10:00 PM  
Blogger Pikkel Weezel said...

I hope you skin wasn't really that thin, I really enjoyed our exchanges. Actually it may have nothing to do with thin skin, maybe you took something the wrong way.

10:11 PM  
Blogger Indeterminacy said...

I thought I had linked to you ages ago but I apparently hadn't, but I've fixed that now.

8:06 AM  
Blogger Jaws said...

I can't imagine having a love one with the disease. It is a disease as I see it. I admire all those who keep trying even if it is to no avail.

8:37 AM  

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