Out of the Shadows of Addiction | North Carolina Health News

When artist Doug Lail was still drinking, he would go to bars and only after knocking back a few was able to find the courage to ask others, “What’s your story?”“That was the only way I could relate and open up,” he said.Even while Lail was trying to connect with others, he wasn’t telling his own story: That he was an alcoholic.When Lail finally started attending Alcoholics Anonymous in May, 2013, he struggled with the stigma and the shame of his alcoholism, of the 20 years he’d spent  drinking, of the times his drinking was out of control.He lost his job, his house. He got a DUI. His relationship ended.He was suicidal. He got a second DUI. A friend reached out and convinced him to get into treatment and as a part of his conviction he was required to go to AA meetings.Around the same time, he was laid off his job in the furniture industry and he started doing art full time. He was making large, abstract expressionist paintings. But the art he was making wasn’t much of a release.“The abstract work, you sort of do it and the painting emerges out of itself,” he said. “But what I was putting in, people were not getting.”

Source: Out of the Shadows of Addiction | North Carolina Health News

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