Alcoholics are stupid, worthless individuals with absolutely nothing to contribute to society.
Many actions of an alcoholic would cause you to believe that we are stupid. We are fully aware of this because we KNOW we do excessively stupid things in pursuit of our addictions. As a matter of fact, if you only knew the half of it, you would think we were utterly brain dead. Truth be told, though, alcoholics are often the smartest, most amazing people you would ever meet. How many stories have you read about extremely talented musicians or actors or writers struggling with alcoholism or overdosing on drugs? There’s a reason that “Celebrity Rehab” has been on for 5 seasons now.
Even in their addictions, alcoholics can live for years as “functional alcoholics,” managing to hold down a job, going to church and PTA meetings, projecting to the outside world the image that everything is fine. Believe it or not, that woman with the perfect life… you know the one that always wears designer clothes & flawless make-up, has time to home school her kids, exercise and design specialty handmade crafts while running a charity food pantry for the homeless… yeah, she’s drunk right now. And she is dying inside because she doesn’t know how to stop, but she can’t allow you to see her as anything less than perfect. Meanwhile, that homeless drunk that you always cross the street to avoid? He was a renowned surgeon until he became addicted to the same painkillers he prescribed his patients.
My name is Laurie and I am an alcoholic… and I am not the only alcoholic you know. One of these days you’ll find yourself saying, “I never knew he had a problem” or “She hid it so well.” You see, we don’t want to be different. If you knew the truth you would think less of us. So we continue to suffer in silence and we prove our creative intelligence through the ruses and manipulation we use to make you believe the lie.