I have written before about the support group I am setting up for women choosing to go sober. I know from blogging and sober sites that there are lots of women out there on this sober journey but I don’t know who they are in real life. I have felt very lonely at times, often to the point of despair. So I am trying to reach out.
I contacted a local community paper which covers the area where I live and told them about the last year and how I am now at the point where I want to give back and hopefully help others. I asked them if this was something they would be interested in covering. They came back very quickly and I had a chat with a lovely lady who was keen to run a piece but, and I knew this was coming, they would need a photograph.
I feel that I am ready to “come out” about my drinking problem, my alcoholism. Or very nearly ready. I am open about having given up drinking and I think some people must have realised that there is a bit more to it than just choosing not to drink for health reasons or because I just don’t enjoy it. At the same time,I think a lot of people would be very surprised if they actually heard me describe myself as an alcoholic. But really, although it’s still pretty big news for me, I don’t think other people would find it all that exciting – there are plenty more juicy things to gossip than “Did you know Tori had a drinking problem ?”
So the issue is what to do about my employer. I am worried that someone at work would see the piece, with my photo and the bosses would find out. I am ok with telling them but I am not sure they are ready to hear. My work involves investigating scenarios and reaching decisions about the implications of what happened. I know that my drinking did not affect my decision making or the way I conducted investigations. However, someone could challenge that and if they did a whole can of worms would be opened up. I don’t know if I could get through that process.
So I am not sure what to do. So, wonderful wise people, please let me have your take on the situation and help me to decide which way to jump. Xxx