“Jones” and the Alcoholic Millennial

It’s no secret that young people like to drink. A lot. At the peak, about 80% of millennials drink.  And why not? In the age of stress, “wokeness,” and living in Trump’s America, can you blame them? Unfortunately, those problems and issues are masks for deeper issues: alcoholism and drug addiction.

Enter, “Jones” (starring and written by Marzy Hart), a very honest short film about a young woman’s (Jones) journey of breaking her alcohol addiction and getting help. It has been reported that over 10 million young Americans need treatment for addictions, and a lot of us just aren’t getting the help. Whether it’s stigma, self-doubt, funding, or just straight up denial, we just aren’t asking for help.

I want to share a personal story: in my earlier 20’s I was a waitress at a few bars and restaurants in the DC area. I made friends with bartenders and servers all over, and in solidarity (and stress) we would go for drinks before work, and after work. Every shift. Mixing shots, beers, and drinks, and tossing them back to forget that one pain-in-the-ass table that stiffed us our $20 tip. It was so bad to the point that on one cold New Year’s Eve, I got so drunk I blacked out and woke up in someone else’s empty car. I threw up, and ran (more like stumbled) across the street to this hotel, where I had to call my parents, that were 30 minutes away, to pick me up. I had no phone, no purse, no money. I hadn’t looked at myself in the mirror, but the look on my parent’s face said it all. They took me to the hospital and the doctors were surprised I was still alive, as my B.A.C levels were just under fatal, and this was hours later.

Sitting in that hospital bed, and the days to follow where I had to piece together that night and the rest of my life, was a wake up call for me. I thanked God for keeping me alive and prayed that He would take the taste for alcohol out of my mouth. Now that is not to say that I do not drink at all anymore, but I do not drink to solve my problems, or to escape hurt and pain.  One day I plan on starting therapy, and maybe there will be a day where I don’t drink ever again. I know I don’t need alcohol in my life anymore, and I found a circle of friends who don’t drink, which makes life easier. Acknowledgement is always the first step.

The synopsis for Jones is: “Having fallen under alcohol’s magic, Jones decides to break the curse and get her life back on track. Every minute feels like torture.” And every minute does feel like torture, at least at first.  There was a line in the film that shook me to my core: “The more days you get, the more you’ll realize about yourself, and what you’re hiding from. You’re not going to like everything that comes to you.”

Finding ways to socialize and make friends without alcohol and drugs is very tough in this day and age. And sometimes life happens, and happens hard, and you have to find other outlets and ways to work through the hurt and pain. Not using alcohol as a crutch forced me to grow up, fast. But it also helped me get focused and it allowed me a second (third, fourth) chance at life. Every day is another day of life I’m grateful for. Everyday is a new journey, and that makes life worthwhile. I know my purpose is to tell my truth- and to write, to create, and inspire others to do the same.

 

 

Hotline Resources

·  National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD)

1 (800) NCA-CALL (622-2255)

·      National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

1 (800) 662-HELP (4357)

·      National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1 (800) 273-TALK (8255)

 

Statistic Resources: https://www.beachesrecovery.com/rehab-blog/millennials-and-alcohol-infographic/

 

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