Last year, a Facebook post went viral regarding a mother who was complimented by a cashier at Walmart. The cashier told the women that her children were so well behaved and that she seemed to always “have it all together”; as shared by the Huffington Post, the woman replied to the cashier via Facebook explaining that she doesn’t have it all together – that she struggles with a personality disorder and depression, and that she often doesn’t get to be there for her kids. Here is a small excerpt from her story:
“I want her to know that my son is late for school 3 out of 4 days because I regularly forget what day and time it is, despite the toddler size calendar in my kitchen.”
The woman went on to explain that she now has sought treatment and takes medication, both of which have helped her to better manage her disorder’s symptoms. Parents across the world struggle with raising children, especially in addition to maintaining a household and an occupation. What’s most important, however, is that you seek the help that you need; if you don’t, you may self-medicate with alcohol or other substances, which can have very dangerous outcomes as well.
In Janelle Hanchett’s new memoir, I’m Just Happy To Be Here, she describes her decade-long struggle with alcoholism. During the first year after her daughter was born, Janelle explained the problems she faced with drinking while trying to navigate motherhood. She described her drinking as “functional”, and the fact that most people around her would probably assume she was “functioning, motherly, and sophisticated.” She discusses the intense feelings of inadequacy she felt as a twenty-two-year-old mother while her brother became a doctor from a top university.
Parenting can be very challenging, especially if pregnancy occurs unexpectedly; Janelle talks about the struggles that she faced and how alcoholism took over her life. She provides an honest, raw, compelling glance at what many Americans face today – and provides inspiration for moving forward, accepting responsibility, and seeking help. If you’ve been struggling with alcoholism, make the decision to seek help today. Your family will thank you, your children will thank you, but most of all – you will thank yourself because you did what was needed for your ultimate happiness, health, and well-being.
Therapy is a primary component of treatment for rehabilitation from a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. Attending treatment with certified clinicians and counselors is critical for a full recovery. At one of New Vista Behavioral Health’s treatment providers, you are receiving exceptional care, held to a higher standard. Our programs result in better outcomes, ensuring a better recovery. For information call us today: 888-316-3665.