Sa'iyda Shabazz
Updated Jul 24, 2017 @ 10:51 am

Growing up with an alcoholic parent can be traumatic. And recently, Charlize Theron talked about growing up with an alcoholic father in an interview with Howard Stern. The conversation is a difficult one to have, but it’s very important.

Charlize’s father was an alcoholic. He also physically abused Charlize’s mother and verbally abused Charlize. Charlize’s father’s abuse ended in tragedy when her mother fatally shot her father in self-defense when Charlize was 15.

The trauma of living with an alcoholic father lasted for a long time.

Charlize was well into her adult life before she spoke out about her experiences, first opening up in an interview Diane Sawyer in 2008. Though it may be hard for her to discuss, it is important to share these stories.

She continued the conversation in an interview with Howard Stern this past week.

She also explained that it took her a long time to be able to process what happened, a common reaction to trauma.

Living with an alcoholic can be an extremely volatile situation.

30 percent of adults have experienced alcoholism or spectrum alcohol abuse. Alcoholism isn’t uncommon, and it’s imperative to talk about it.

While it may not be easy for Charlize Theron to speak out about her trauma, it is so necessary. We applaud her for her strength in speaking out.