Sadly, yesterday, a middle school teacher in my school system was arrested at work/school for being drunk in public. It's also sad to say....this is the 2nd middle school teacher in my school system that's been arrested for this in the past couple of months. (and yeah...those middle school age kids can make a person crazy )....no.....just kidding. This info. circulated through our system(which is huge) quickly, and another teacher said to me this morning..."That's so weird....why would she do that ?" This is an intelligent woman who's not naive or unaware of things that happen to people. Inside, I sighed....and said,..."well, sounds like alcoholism to me,...not based upon logic or good decision making".
This bothered me because, of course...the sad story of the teacher that this happened to,...but because of how it made me realize (once again) ...how much the "general public" doesn't really understand addiction, and how much misunderstanding always is the case. OF COURSE, this teacher did the wrong thing.....going to work under the influence of alcohol,...never mind that she most likely drove herself there, and all of the risk to others of that. I certainly am not in any way condoning the choices she made,....but I am thinking that I've been so deep into the weeds (no pun intended) of addiction for so long....that I am,at times, still surprised at the lack of understanding of addiction that the majority of our society still has.
Yet again....I know that's how it is....and I also do not make an effort to provide addiction info. to all the people that I know or interact with about my son, or any other addict. That's not my responsibility.....but at the same time........it still is at times a sore spot when I think about, or perceive how much judgment and misunderstanding there is by others about addicts...my son, or others.
What is your experience about this ?.....do you ever feel like I've described here ?