What Is a Vodka-Soaked Tampon?

Learn what a vodka-soaked tampon is from Dr. Paul Hokemeyer in this Howcast video.

Transcript

There's this phenomenon that we've been hearing a lot about called vodka soaked tampons, which is basically that. People take tampons, and they soak them in vodka, and then they insert them either in their vagina or their rectum. It sounds a little crazy, I know. But basically, people are doing this because they think that it masks the smell of alcohol. Actually, if that's why you're doing it, I think it's important for you to focus on the reason why you don't want people to know that you're drinking.

That speaks to the secretive nature of the disease of addiction. We know that addictions are very secretive. That they become very hidden. That people have an enormous amount of shame around them. That they don't want people to know the extent that they're using, so this concept of people taking vodka soaked tampons, and then inserting them in their vagina or their rectum, speaks to the secretive nature, and the insidious nature, and the seemingly crazy nature of the disease of addiction.

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