Lived Experience: Peggy Carlson

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After the last time Bruce hurt me, I finally went to get help. I thought I could “handle” it. I am embarrassed that after the last time, I turned to alcohol to numb the pain. I thought I could control it.

I realized that I have been using alcohol as an excuse for the violence. I always let Bruce off the hook and believed that when he stopped drinking that the violence would finally stop, but it hasn’t.

I have to be strong with my decision to quit drinking and go to whatever lengths I need to survive, for myself and for my kids. I joined a women’s support group where I can tell me story and people understand what I am going through. They really listen to me. My advocate and my group help me to think about our safety and my sobriety. I am gaining more confidence in myself.