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How To Find Joy When You Love An Alcoholic: Kim Moore (Transcript)

Here is the full transcript of Kim Moore’s talk titled “How To Find Joy When You Love An Alcoholic” at TEDxColchester conference.

Kim Moore’s talk, “How To Find Joy When You Love An Alcoholic,” is a deeply personal and inspiring journey through the challenges of loving someone with alcoholism. She shares her story of guilt, shame, and the eventual realization that happiness is a choice, despite the adversity faced.

Moore highlights the chaotic life of dealing with an alcoholic partner, including disrupted routines and the impact on their children. She emphasizes the importance of self-care, letting down walls to let others in, and finding joy in the midst of hardship. Moore’s message is one of hope, urging others to talk openly about their experiences to foster understanding and support.

Through her talk, she advocates for breaking free from the cycle of alcoholism’s impact on families, emphasizing the power of new beginnings and personal transformation. Moore’s story is a testament to the strength found in vulnerability and the pursuit of happiness through healing and self-discovery.

Listen to the audio version here:


The Beginning of a Journey

I’ve never shared all of this with anyone before. And that really is how most stories start when you love an alcoholic. The guilt, the shame, fear of being judged, afraid to face the truth. We keep it all a secret.

In 1997, I met my love. He was the most witty, charming gentleman that I had ever met. Perhaps it was the English accent, but ten years and two beautiful children later, we were a family. Although we were a family with an illness, we just didn’t know it.

One night, my husband didn’t come home from work, which was completely out of character. I was awake all night with worry. The call came the next morning at 10am from a hospital in London. It was at that moment that I knew I had to face the truth that my husband really was an alcoholic, and I wasn’t just making it all up in my head.

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