Cops: Mom drunk, asleep; kids in car

Cops: Mom drunk, asleep; kids in car

There are 48 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Sep 24, 2008, titled Cops: Mom drunk, asleep; kids in car. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

Two children walked up to a stranger near Sayde's Restaurant to say their mother was drunk and passed out in the family car Monday about 8:04 p.m., police said.

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wow

Westland, MI

#2 Sep 24, 2008
Those poor kids. Imagine the embarassment at school the next day. It was all over the morning news!
Billerica Resident 44

Lowell, MA

#3 Sep 24, 2008
A mother should protect her children, not put them in harms way.
She should be locked up and her children should be kept away from her. If she did this with them in the car god knows what else she would do!!!!
My heart goes out to the poor kids.
Just being me

Boston, MA

#4 Sep 24, 2008
Holy crap. How irresponsible can a person be?!?!?! Woman, what were you thinking, or were you even thinking!?
Lowell

Lowell, MA

#5 Sep 24, 2008
Seems like the kids were the responsible ones, going to get help.
At least she pulled over and passed out in her car and didn't get in an accident killing innocent people.
I'm glad the children were turned over to the father. Now hopefully they will be safe.
dmack

Chelmsford, MA

#6 Sep 24, 2008
I bet you she's watching the news feeling like a real A**HOLE. The poor kids & husband. You know another child in school is going to say mean things to the nine year old.
They call me Liv

Dracut, MA

#7 Sep 24, 2008
Stories like this make me right out sick. How can this woman live with herself?! Those poor kids!!
Babe

Boston, MA

#8 Sep 24, 2008
Wasn't the director of the LHA with her
Annie

Worcester, MA

#9 Sep 24, 2008
dmack wrote:
I bet you she's watching the news feeling like a real ****. The poor kids & husband. You know another child in school is going to say mean things to the nine year old.
yeah, she was probably watching the news with a beer can in both hands
dmack

Chelmsford, MA

#10 Sep 24, 2008
Good one Annie!!
verysadsituation

Lowell, MA

#11 Sep 24, 2008
Hopefully this person who is in sufferage will seek help. There is alot of help out there but... you have to want it. I am praying this is her bottom. Thank God the children are safe.
Dolly Llama

Lowell, MA

#12 Sep 24, 2008
This is really sad. I hope this is a wake up call to this woman and she does seek the help that she needs. It's not funny in the least.
A mother

Peabody, MA

#13 Sep 24, 2008
I wonder if she is the WELFARE MOTHER who posts here? Society complains about sleazy guys,but give sleazy women a pass.

So what happens to her?
Loss of license?
Drunk school?
Nice fine? Or..
A stern warning with loving support?

The bimbo is a drunk!! driving!,with kids in the car!

Come on all you bleeding hearts!! Rag on me.
Basic

Dallas, TX

#14 Sep 24, 2008
Seem like the kids know that their mom is drunk maybe she's never been sober...
Do not understand

Barre, MA

#15 Sep 24, 2008
This woman is neglecting her children and abusing them at the same time. She neglected them and the children will be subject to cruelty and verbal abuse by other children at school. To think that some women can't have kids and then you have a creature like this. She may seek help or whatever but the damage has already been done.

“ gone to a better place”

Since: Aug 08

Lowell, MA

#16 Sep 24, 2008
It really goes to show the power of the addiction to alcohol. We just cannot keep sitting idly by watching alcohol destroy so many lives. Ever single day it destroys lives. I'm not suggesting prohibition or anything, don't get me wrong. I like to have some drinks once in a while too.
We need to investigate better ways of detecting addiction earlier to help these people to understand their problem and take back their lives. I'm sorry, AA or 12 step programs don't cut it. They have recidivism rates of at least 90% and they do nothing to address the actual underlying problems.
It's also neccessary to come down hard on people like this. In her car which was in gear, she literally could of killed her kids, other kids and other innocent people in her sleep.
I believe CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy) to be the key to treatment. These people need to go to jail, not only for punitive reasons but to rehab as well. This problem is not going away, it's getting worse and instead of solutions we see band aids. Addicts and alcohlics must seek treatment for themselves, they must actually see rock bottom and want to change for their own sake. I'm sorry as cold as this sounds, locking them in a cell until they have had enough time to think about it might be the best first step. Then make sure they complete CBT in house until it is the opinion of a board of doctors that they are ready to be in public.
Not only is this an issue about drunk driving, it goes worse when it comes to her kids. Being drunk has become too acceptable, in part thanx to hollywood.
I hope this woman learns how to make this up to her kids by helping herself. I hope the kids can take something positive from this, they already took one step by acting as smart as they did. You know what though? I have seen many kids raise their parents, I've seen many take care of their parents when they come home drunk. That is so sad.
thereishope

Lowell, MA

#17 Sep 24, 2008
Nope the first step is admitting you are powerless over alcohol and your life has become unmanagable. This is a disease (I didn't say an excuse) It is recognized by the AMA and guess what - program does work but that's only if you work it! Unfortunatly it takes it's toll on the whole family. These people need treatment - not jail. Would you put someone in the hospital if they had cancer? It is a disease. And before anyone rushes to judgement think of this .... no drives down the road wanting to be a drug addict or an alcoholic. Yes they are choices in the beginning but then it takes over. Picture yourself in a bottle with the cover on trying to get out. Don't rush an opinion without knowledge of the circumstance.
wondering

Millis, MA

#18 Sep 24, 2008
Annie wrote:
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yeah, she was probably watching the news with a beer can in both hands
Yea, And I bet you she blames the children for getting out and telling. Don't worry Kids, you did the right thing.

“ gone to a better place”

Since: Aug 08

Lowell, MA

#19 Sep 24, 2008
thereishope wrote:
Nope the first step is admitting you are powerless over alcohol and your life has become unmanagable. This is a disease (I didn't say an excuse) It is recognized by the AMA and guess what - program does work but that's only if you work it! Unfortunatly it takes it's toll on the whole family. These people need treatment - not jail. Would you put someone in the hospital if they had cancer? It is a disease. And before anyone rushes to judgement think of this .... no drives down the road wanting to be a drug addict or an alcoholic. Yes they are choices in the beginning but then it takes over. Picture yourself in a bottle with the cover on trying to get out. Don't rush an opinion without knowledge of the circumstance.
I'm sorry, I cannot agree...I firmly believe that admitting you're powerless is not the answer. That removes the responsibility of the alcoholic, it's a cop out. I agree with the disease model, but I have seen many people with fatal diseases fight hard and sometimes win, they dont give up. We do have the power to use the best methods to treat our diseases. A diabetic isn't going to say they are powerless over their disease. They are empowered by the tools they have to manage the disease.

Empowerment is the answer, you can google all day and find a lot of people who do not believe 12 step programs work. I think the success rate is higher among those who just quit on their own than 12 steppers. Working the program is not the answer, it's a life sentence.

"I am powerless" is antiquated and fails far more often than not. AA is not what it was in the 40s, times have changed and so has the knowledge on the disease. Empowerment, empowerment, empowerment I cannot say it enough. CBT can give the addict tools to take control of the disease like people do everyday with many more diseases.

I ran meetings at Lowell General many years ago for an organization called Rational Recovery. Unfortunately they went to a for profit model, but any support group can work CBT into it's curriculum and achieve tremendous success. Empowerment, my friend...not putting it on your higher power or not taking responsibility by saying you are powerless. Your first step to recovery in my opinion is actually the first step to failure.

I say give the person with the disease to have as much power as possible to manage their disease and live a good and healthy life. It works.

BTW I don't have to picture myself, I had a terrible cocaine problem in the 80s. NA was useless, RR saved my life and today I don't even give it a thought. I took control of my problem. I have not rushed an opinion in any way shape or form.

“ gone to a better place”

Since: Aug 08

Lowell, MA

#20 Sep 24, 2008
btw the reason in cases like this that I believe jail is needed is this woman broke a serious law. Your comparing that to putting someone in jail with cancer doesn't even come close to making sense.

“Why is all the rum gone?”

Since: Aug 08

Lowell, MA

#21 Sep 24, 2008
Basic wrote:
Seem like the kids know that their mom is drunk maybe she's never been sober...
Kids that have alcoholic parents know what's going on at a very young age. Most of them have to take care of themselves because the drunken parent can't manage to do it, so they are usually more mature than other kids their age.

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