You can really never truly know, can you?

i’m sitting here in complete shock. i was having coffee with a resident who lives here, one of the long term residents she’s in a wheelchair but not sure of what her disability is. a staff member was also with us. we were just chatting and i told both of them i’d be studying addiction counselling this coming year.

After a few minutes the resident tapped me on the shoulder and said, I’d really like to study addictions. Thinking she was just interested in it i said, really? to which she said yes, because i am going through it myself right now. i am in AA and have been for the past 3 years.

I could not believe it! She is the last person I’d expect to be dealing with alcoholism! She holds down a job, and is very functional! Its shocking to me that she deals with this. You really never know what people are struggling with, and having a disability does not leave you immune either.

Definitely gave me something to think about today.

Author: Carol Anne

I am a woman in my mid 30's. I'm blind and I have dissociative identity disorder, I also have complex PTSD. I blog about my life with these disorders. I live in Ireland.

6 thoughts on “You can really never truly know, can you?”

    1. I guess it’s like anything self harm or eating disorders or depression or whatever any of those conditions anyone can struggle with something, and you not know it, they can function. Normally on a day-to-day basis, I guess it just shocked me because she is the last person I would’ve expected to have this issue

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  1. That’s true. You can never know what someone is struggling with inside unless this person will tell you. And so you shouldn’t judge anyone too easily, as we often want to do.

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    1. Yes I agree, I definitely agree you should never judge anyone, I think I’m guilty of judging this girl, I think I thought she wouldn’t be the type of person that would go through something like that, that will teach me in future


  2. Having a disability can make a person even more susceptible to and addiction, especially alcohol. I always admire people who are able to treat addictions to things where they are surrounded by people doing the things they are addicted to, namely alcohol and cigarettes.

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