RCMP Sgt. Miriam Dickson, who was charged with assaulting a police officer outside a Pitt Meadows bar last year, spoke out about her alcohol addiction.
Dickson, a former spokeswoman for Mission RCMP, was given a conditional discharge and one year of probation in B.C. Supreme Court in Port Coquitlam last week.
Dickson, who is currently in recovery, spoke at Nanaimo's first Recovery Day event on Sunday afternoon.
She told how she used to obsess about not drinking alcohol, but it often
didn't work. She would regularly turn to alcohol to cope with the stress of her job.
"Finally one day, my bottom hit," she said.
"And for me my bottom was being arrested. I struck two other police officers and don't remember it. I was in a blackout drunk. But when I awoke the next day and my husband told me of the events the night before, I truly thought my life was over."
Dickson was charged with two counts of assaulting a police officer, one count of resisting arrest, and one count of causing a disturbance.
She said she had difficulty seeing how she was portrayed in the news after her recent court appearance.
"I was in the newspaper, and for the first day, I was devastated," she said.
"Then I realized, I'm not a bad person. And if people want to read a simple news article that says that I am, then too bad for them if they believe it. I will not be stigmatized."
She said she is currently working in the RCMP drug awareness section, a position she sought out in attempt to increase education on addictions.
"I have grown in my recovery," she said.
"I'm a better wife, a better mother, and I hope that I'm a better police officer." Nanaimo Mayor John Ruttan presented a Recovery Day proclamation and Abbotsford South MLA Darryl Plecas came to show his support for Nanaimo's first Recovery Day - which started in Vancouver last Sept. 8 and has since been proclaimed by five B.C. cities for 2013.
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