About the Blog

Despite Dysfunction

is a place for alcoholics and children of alcoholics to learn and vocalize concerns surrounding alcoholism.  As a child of an alcoholic myself, I started this blog as way to write about my true experiences that others may be able to identify with.  It is my hope that others may be comforted by knowing that they are not alone.  This blog is a place for others to come and visit and to be encouraged to stay sober.  My prayer is that, through the workings of this true story, education can be provided to the world about what alcohol and the continued abuse of it can do to our bodies.

With any luck, this blog and story will be able to shed light on a tremendously dark and daunting disease.  I pray that it brings about change in the way society views the consumption of alcohol.  It is my prayer that someday a surgeon general warning will be printed on every bottle of alcohol in the United States containing the truth about what alcohol can do to the human body.

May God always bless you and may you know He is always with you…even during times of tribulation.

Kristen

Inspiration

“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into his grace in which we stand, and rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.  And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.” —Romans 5:1-4

“So be careful how you live.  Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise.  Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.  Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.  Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin you life.  Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts.  And give thanks for everything to God the father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”—Ephesians 5:15-20

“This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.  You are my friends if you do what I command.”—John 15: 11-13

“God can’t bless who you pretend to be.”-Pastor Steven Furtick

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.”-Brene Brown

“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.”-Daring Greatly, Brene Brown

“God cannot meet you where you’re at if you’re always pretending to be somewhere else.”-Myself 🙂

“Surviving isn’t living.”-myself during an EMDR session

“Thank God I was in that car. I have hated that night for 10 years!  But thank God I was in that car!”-myself during an EMDR session

Dedication

This blog is dedicated to one of my patients.

“M.R.”

You are a beautiful Christian woman. You told me I needed to write this for you and so your daughter could have fair warning about what alcohol really does. I told you I would write it for both you and for her. I pray I do justice following through on that promise.

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