MEMORABLE ARTICLE: “Leave Home or Get Help,” by Mary Ellen Pinkham (January 1987)
On August 11, 1987, I was sitting with my two sisters in the younger one’s living room, anxiously awaiting our mother’s arrival. She’d agreed to meet us for tea; in reality, we—along with our aunt and a drug and alcohol counsellor—were planning an intervention. We had all read the same piece in Reader’s Digest, which prompted us to talk openly about Mom’s drinking and what to do about it. Alcoholism wounds, and it kills— our father had passed away four years earlier, ravaged by the effects of his drinking. Thanks to the advice in this article, Mom remained sober for the last 22 years of her life.