So hard when it is one’s parents and one can see what is going on, particularly since you’ve been there and still struggling. Worst that your mom does not recognise she has a problem and is lost in this deceitful world. I do hope your sister gets to mention it to your dad. Yes, it is a vicious circle. Your mom is running away from the flack and unkindness of your dad for many years, to escape and cope.
I have no answers and no advice but all I can say in times like these, all we can do is pray. I’ll pray for you and that situation, Pat. Just keep looking up and trust in God when we don’t have the answer.
Hang in there. Be strong and stay focused.
Just for today……DON’T gamble.