Mum tells of battle with drink and its impact on her children
PUBLISHED: 08:14 23 November 2017 | UPDATED: 08:21 23 November 2017
A Weston mum whose children were taken into foster care after she turned to drink wants to raise awareness of the devastating impact alcohol can have on families.
Emma is speaking out for Alcohol Awareness Week to encourage people not to suffer in silence and to seek help.
The 38-year-old said: “I started drinking too much because I was in a turbulent relationship.
“I was trying so hard to keep my little family together, then one night, we’d had a huge row and he left.
“It was the small hours and I sat finishing off a bottle of wine in the fridge.
“When I dropped the kids at school, the teacher smelled alcohol on my breath and social services got involved.
“At the end of one appointment with my solicitor, she said ‘Addaction is across the road’. I stood there in the street with two choices – home or Addaction.
“I chose Addaction and it was the best thing I ever did.”
Emma’s children, aged two and seven, were taken into foster care until she could prove she could manage her emotions without alcohol.
She said: “I went through mourning living in our flat without them, unable to pick them up from school or give them a cuddle. I was sitting on their beds every day just crying.
“Addaction made the journey a lot easier. I knew I wasn’t on my own for once.
“Thanks to Addaction I have the tools I needed to cope without alcohol.
“It’s been eight months without my children, only seeing them with people watching me.
“It’s a slow process bringing them home for good, but they spent their first time back in our flat with just me last week and it was amazing.
“There’s not a day when I want to go back to drinking – why would I? Why would I choose alcohol over the most important people in my life?
“It’s been a huge wake up call to how far down that slippery slope I was, but I’m back, calmer, healthier and in control.
“I look back and I was trapped in a poisonous bubble, but now the fog has cleared and I can see the sun shining through.”
Addaction’s campaign aims to break the cycle of silence around alcohol misuse. To seek help for you or a family member, call Addaction on 01934 427940 or visit www.addaction.org.uk