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Houston Breakthrough 1980-05 - Page 27. May 1980. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. August 23, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/5534/show/5528.

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(May 1980). Houston Breakthrough 1980-05 - Page 27. Houston and Texas Feminist and Lesbian Newsletters. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/5534/show/5528

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Title Houston Breakthrough 1980-05
Publisher Breakthrough Publishing Co.
Date May 1980
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  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
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  • Houston, Texas
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Language English
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Transcript Last Call Giving up "the last drink" BY SANDY LONG The stigma of alcoholism made it even more difficult for women to admit they needed help, much less to talk about their problem. They're now getting help and more willing to share their experiences, but the stigma still remains. Writer Sandy Long interviews four Houston women who are recovered alcoholics but who prefer to be anonymous. Carla maintained a good job, family life and kept active in many community and feminist organizations. "I certainly funct- tioned during those seven to eight years of drinking and popping pills," she says, "but it was like functioning as a longdistance runner doing 35 to 40 miles a day, every day. "I spent years of continuous physical and emotional pain. I was in a daze the whole time. My senses felt worn down by sand paper." Gina says she doesn't even remember the 1960's. "When I look back, it's a complete haze. I remember some of the things the kids did but I stayed drunk in the '60's. "I was active in church groups—God, they were the ones I did most of my drinking with—but I took good care of my family. "Today, I have fits of giggles with my ex-husband over my drinking problem during our marriage. He never thought I had a problem. He said that as long as it didn't interfere with our life and I didn't embarrass him, it was okay. "When I admitted my alcoholism seven months ago, he tried to lay guilt on himself but I said that was silly. I drank because I wanted to." Carla's family experience was similar. She says, "My husband thought it strange that I passed out on the couch all the time but our relationship had become very frayed anyway. The whole family had set up such walls that we weren't even conscious of one another. "Outwardly, everything was correct. I had two children, a good job, the cleanest floors in town, and I belonged to all the right women's clubs. I had the American Dream and I was miserable. "I thought I'd be liberated by being Supermom and Superwoman. I'd go to social and political functions so full of chemicals that I wouldn't know what was going on. I'm amazed at how well I operated in a semi-comatose state. "I never knew I was cross-addicted until I attempted suicide. I knew there was something terribly wrong but I didn't correlate drinking and drugs with the way my body felt. "I complained to my doctor for years and he just kept prescribing more Valium. You'd think that in all that time he'd have checked to see if there were deeper emotional problems than just tension. I can't paint him as a total villain, though." Patrice was also cross-addicted for several years, to speed and alcohol. She believes her doctor originally prescribed amphetamines to help her lose weight, though the years are such a haze that she can't be sure of anything. "I loved speed the first time I took it," she says. "That's the way it was with alcohol too. The first time I drank a beer I got drunk. That's the way it continued for many years." Later, another doctor prescribed Valium to her. She immediately began abusing those too. Dr. Patricia Cork, a psychiatrist specializing in alcoholism rehabilitation at Houston International Hospital, admits doctors are often too quick to prescribe tranquilizers just to hurry through their patients. "What is often overlooked," she says, "is that most patients cover up their drinking. You may ask why doctors don't realize the problem. It's because most people don't give them a clue. A woman in particular, has difficulty telling a doctor how much she drinks. It's just more humiliating for a woman. A woman drunk is not the south Texas image even if it's a reality. "People have crazy notions on what makes an alcoholic. As far as I'm concerned if there's a change in personality when drinking, you're an alcoholic. You WE ENDORSE Anthony D. 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