Extract from the story: Wake Up, Darling. This story is told in the eBook, High Functoning Alcoholic, published by Live It Publications.
“Wake up, darling. It’s time.”
I looked up and saw Bill set the glass of wine on the bedside table next to the clock. Six-thirty p.m. I need to hurry. Grabbing the glass, I slurped the wine as I rushed to the bathroom.
Another gulp. Best finish it before I get into my white uniform. I’ve slopped red wine stains on my work clothes before.
Bill knew I needed to sleep late after the barbecue today.
“Here’s your things.” My husband handed me my bag, keys, and a navy cardigan as I ran for the front door.
“You’re a lifesaver. Love you,” I said and we leant forward and pecked each other on the cheek. Gosh, I love that man. He waved his glass at me, the red liquid swishing back and forth. I wished I could have stayed and enjoyed a drop more with him.
Today, the finishing touches are being written to a story that is designed to help people recognise high-functioning alcoholism in themselves or in other people.
Much is said about the Twelve Step Programs to recover from alcoholism. Far less is spoken about high-functioning alcoholism. The first step is recognizing the problem before it becomes an obvious problem to observers. That is what this book sets out to do.
Everyone else in the story had mannerisms suggesting the might be an alcoholic. Only those being treated for the condition had reached the stage of low-functioning alcoholism, but there were many other alcoholics is the story. Several showed visible signs of duel drug dependence. Can you pick the high-functioning alcoholics in your life? Do you know enough to be the sort of friend who can help a high-functioning alcoholic to withdraw from that self-abusing lifestyle before it does them or someone else harm?
Are you surprised at how many high-functioning alcoholics there amongst the people you know?