What it's really like to struggle with alcoholism, from 12 addicts

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Substance abuse is no joke. From pill poppers to cigarette smokers, we've seen several people admit how difficult it is to kick addictive habits. And while it's a well-known fact that cigarettes are harmful to your health and prescription pills are supposed to be used only under medical circumstances, alcohol is a substance that is legal to anyone over 21. That being said, alcohol-related deaths affect nearly 100,000 people in the US each year; alcohol is the third leading cause of death in America. It is a disease that is harder to kick than it might seem.

Several people took to Whisper, the popular app that provides an anonymous platform for people to share their thoughts, to reveal what it's really like to struggle with alcoholism.

1. Although the first step to getting better is admitting that you have a problem, that doesn't make the rest of your journey any easier:

I know I

2. It's difficult to find the strength to stop doing something that on some level you enjoy:
I

3. Admitting you have a problem to yourself might be way easier than admitting it to others:

I

4. Your addiction might be exacerbating your mental health issues:

I can see the direct correlation between my depression, and my alcoholism, but I

5. An alcoholic might make happiness and alcohol synonymous:

The worst part about being an alcoholic is that it

6. Alcohol is not only bad for your mental health, it also damages your body:

I am finally coming to terms with the fact that I

7. Your addiction doesn't disqualify all of your positive qualities and triumphs:

Admitting to myself that I

8. Seeking support might feel shameful because of your addiction:

I know I

9. You should learn to be proud of yourself without the help of any substances:

I know I

10. What kind of life are you living if you don't remember any of it?

I

11. You should never rely on a substance to help you cope with tragedy:

All I wish is to defeat my alcoholism. I started drinking to deal with lost loved ones, but now I

12. Addiction can hold you back from reaching your full potential:

Hate my life right now. I feel I should be way more accomplished then I am for my age. I blame my alcoholism. I want to get sober

Want more confessions from alcoholics? Check out Whisper!

Find out more about the dangers of too much alcohol:

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