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Grapevine : August 2010
MY DAUGHTER the Alcoholic IAM writing this story as the fa- ther of an alcoholic child. I have gone through some remarkable experiences as a direct result of my daughter's drinking. Without getting into pointless details, my wife, three children and I lived overseas for the better part of a decade and we lived a life of opulence and privilege. There was not much that I could not buy or do but, unfortunately, I never re- ally developed any kind of apprecia- tion for the advantages that I had. In fact, I developed addictions for spending and created exaggerated lifestyle behaviors that were con- stantly pushing the limits of what I could get away with. I drank, but this was an accepted part of the local lifestyle where we lived, and even children drank wine or alcoholic beverages with their meals as an accepted custom of the land. They did it; so I did it. All of this display of materialistic FAMILY REUNION A young woman hits bottom and leads her father to recognize his own alcoholism PHOTO BY MISHA 12 August 2010