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Off the Merry-Go-Round
After a series of interventions she agreed to go to detox
At the age of 16, I started sneaking around and buying beer. I would beg for it and steal change to buy it. I wanted beer every day and I would do whatever it took to get it. I loved it so much that I lost my dignity, my self-respect, and all of my friends. No one wanted to be around a drunk or be bothered with me. My reaction to this was to just go somewhere and hide out from everyone. I had no idea that this was known as isolation.
I was the kind of drunk who liked to get drunk, curse you out, and disrespect you and your children. I was loud, boisterous and even sometimes violent....
-- Jeanette S.
Washington D.C., Washington D.C.
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