As long as I can remember drugs and alcohol were a part of my life. Both of my parents are alcoholics and in the past were also cocaine users. Growing up in a home like this made it very easy for me to become an addict myself. I took my first drink around 13 years old and quickly got into drugs after that. Starting with marijuana and escalating into a pretty heavy cocaine and extasy addiction. There was a time in life where I couldn't get out of bed without an upper to get me going. While I'm happy to say that I have stayed away from the heavier drugs for almost 10 years, I still am an occasional drinker and marijuana user. I like to think I have my addictions under control, because I'm not nearly as bad off as I once was. No, I'm not 100% clean and I have come to terms with the fact that I probably never will be. When your raised in a home where alcohol and drugs are glorified, it's almost impossible to not become a product of your environment.
However, while I live my life in an overall more healthy manner, I still deal with parents who drink heavily on a daily basis. I don't live with them so it makes it easier, but I do still plan my outings and even phone calls around how drunk my parents may be at the time. Do I blame my parents for my addictions? No, I'm a grown adult now that knows what's right for me and what's not. However, I can't help but think, had my parents not been addicts my whole life, would I have had a better chance at a clean and sober life?