Her Greatest Love and Torment was Dead

by The Discovering Alcoholic on August 27, 2008

Rare is the story I highlight without adding a contributing commentary, but this story by Joe Mozingo of the LA Times conveys the collateral damage caused by alcoholism so well that I feel there is little I can add. The picture had initially grabbed my attention, but the story about Karen McCarthy, her sons, and their alcoholic father had me hooked early with this extremely insightful line.

Now she was retired at 57. Her sons were grown. Her greatest love and torment was dead.

Well, maybe just a little commentary. Alcoholism is like no other disease because when one person contracts it, so many others will feel the pain… and often suffer long after the alcoholic is dead. Even though it is not contagious, people close to an alcoholic will often also require treatment. Thank you Joe for a well written piece, good luck Karen on your new life, and thank you both for sharing this story.

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