Wow, it's been a while.
I hope to keep this going for a while longer this time, at least update once a week.
So to get you updated...Mom is back on the wagon. She was sober for a good 9 months this go round. It was great.
She had her rough patches though before she got sober. She was kicked out of the sober living place she was living and ended up checking herself into a detox center. The day she was released my dad had surgery to place a stint in his heart which did not go as well as expected (he is doing much better now.) Thinking this MIGHT be something that would trigger her to get it together, she made the choice to keep drinking and ended up on the streets for about a week.
On a site note- one thing I found out about being a homeless female in Atlanta is that there are not many options for shelter. Many of the shelters are geared towards men or women with small children. This really made me kind of sad. I can't imagine how many homeless women are out there that can't find shelter. And to make it worse, how are these women supposed to find these shelters? I guess I'm not all that involved in the homeless community, and maybe they have some form of outreach?
But back to mom- I felt bad for her. I had no clue how to help her. I wanted to shake some sense into her. All of this I knew would not help. But what really made me mad through this whole thing was she was mugged, twice! Also, the people who lived in this sober living apartment stole from her. Socks, underwear, food, but what really got me in a rage was the fact they stole a gold chain off of my grandfathers necklace. They did not take the pendant, I guess they had SOME heart about them, but when she was mugged, the pendant was stolen. This breaks my heart.
So after all of this my mom finally got sober and settled into life at the same apartment. She got a job, she was working hard, and we got to celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, and her birthday together as a family. It was great and I don't know what went wrong. She has been AWOL for the past 2 days and I am thinking about just going over to the apartment to see if I can get any information.
I'll update everyone soon and as of now I have been able to keep it together. I hope I can continue to do so...