On this episode of True Life we'll explore the devastating effect alcohol can have on some people's lives as we document several young people struggling with this addiction. Whether they're just realizing their problem, fighting to make this...... Read Full Episode Summary »
On this episode of True Life, we follow two girls whose problems with alcohol are so severe that they have trouble keeping jobs or functioning relationships.
On this episode of True Life we'll explore the devastating effect alcohol can have on some people's lives as we document several young people struggling with this addiction. Whether they're just realizing their problem, fighting to make this relapse their last, or learning what its like to finally be sober, True Life: I'm an Alcoholic will highlight the destructive nature of the disease and illustrate a path to recovery.
Casey recently moved to Las Vegas, where she frequently spends the money her parents give her for rent on drinking. She had problems with alcohol long before she came to Las Vegas though. At twenty-one years old, Casey has been arrested seven times, gotten two DUI's and has been unable to keep any steady job. No longer able to afford her own apartment, she's moving in with friends who hope she will straighten out and get a real job. While she does manage to secure a job, this doesn't keep Casey from drinking every day, even before work. Even pleas of concern from her family and closest friends have little effect on her downward spiral, because Casey doesn't believe her problem is "that bad".
Christina is twenty-four years old and an admitted alcoholic. She claims to use drinking as a way to treat her clinical depression, but recognizes that she's not leading a healthy lifestyle. After a particularly intense binge over Cinco de Mayo, Christina finally begins attending AA meetings. However, she only "cuts back" from drinking every single day and continues to binge on the weekends. When her kind of boyfriend stops seeing her because her drinking is so out of control, Christine realizes she has to make a big change in her life. She quits drinking, involves her family and friends in her recovery, and even manages to celebrate her birthday soberly for the first time in three years.