Even though your family member may have successfully completed treatment, the consequences of addiction could continue to affect the rest of the family for a long time.
If you would like to submit a story to this series, click here. What I want you to know is that it's hard to be married to an alcoholic.
It's very hard when you are no longer in denial, and you see what pain and hurt he's causing to himself and your children.
It was about four o'clock on a Saturday afternoon, the hot sun streaming through the windows of my little carriage house on Dickens.
I put a glass of scotch and soda down on the living room table, went to bed, and pulled the blankets over my head.
I found it difficult, once I started, to stop after one or two.
meeting usually begins with a recovering alcoholic telling his "drunkalog," the story of his drinking days and how he eventually hit bottom. By understanding what is involved in living with a recovering alcoholic or drug addict, you can be better prepared to assist with recovery and offer support to decrease the chance of relapse.If you've lived with a drug addict or alcoholic, you know that addiction doesn't just affect the addict - it affects friends and family as well. Because recovery is a lifelong process, your loved one won't be "cured" once he or she comes back from treatment. Sounded like a place where they taught you to drink and drive. The problem with using will power, for me, was that it lasted only until my will persuaded me I could take another drink. He told me to go ahead and try, and check back with him every month. Most alcoholics continue to drink as long as they can. Unlike drugs in most cases, alcohol allows you to continue your addiction for what's left of your life, barring an accident. There is no birth of consciousness without pain(Cambell 1971, pg.167).