Mother’s Day is fast approaching and I hope that this can be a time when mothers are honest with themselves and others about support that they may need. Mothers have unique challenges that can exacerbate drinking issues in those with a predisposition. However, it is important not to blame external circumstances solely for leading mother’s to drink heavily- there are biological and physiological factors at play also (underlying mental health issues, genetics, trauma history, etc.).
A study by Caron Treatment was just released that describes the “Top 5 reasons that moms turn to alcohol and drugs”. The article states that “With Mother’s Day as the “official” time of year to honor moms, the best gift to give a mom is that of wellness…” and this is also a time for mother’s to examine their relationship to alcohol and reach out for help in order to decrease their stress level and to address their drinking. The top 5 findings were: stress or anxiety, romantic relationships, pressure from family or friends, traumatic experience and a general feeling of boredom. http://www.caron.org/leading-nonprofit-reveals-top-five-reasons-why-more-moms-turn-to-alcohol-and-drugs.html
Additionally, on June 23rd the Wall Street Journal published an article called "Why She Drinks" by Gabrielle Glaser that stated "Surveys have found that the more educated and well off a woman is, the more likely she is to imbine". The article also makes mention of the 650,000 women's followers on the Facebook page "Mom's Who Need Wine"- which is symbolic of a mother culture that minimizes drinking and the effects that it has on the individual and their families. http://onlinewsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323893504578555270434071876...
There are many challenges and blessings of motherhood that are not unique to alcoholics, as other mothers experience them. However, it is important to acknowledge them and support other mothers in finding strategies to address the challenges in order to enjoy the blessings:
But don’t be discouraged—there are many protective positive factors that motherhood can add to one’s recovery or desire to get sober. Blessings:
Recovery involves more than just “not drinking”. It also includes living a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Here are some suggestions of ways to balance recovery and motherhood:
For more information resources about high-functioning alcoholics, please visit www.highfunctioningalcoholic.com