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  1. #1

    Need advice: I'm in a relationship with an alcoholic

    Iíve been in this for 2 Ĺ yr, last night Iíve put my foot down in regards to not accepting to live in and suffering because of his drinking.

    1. Is it possible to quite cold turkey?
    True or false; heís telling me he canít because he been drinking since he was 12 and heís 30 right now.

    2. How can I stay firm and not due like before give in? Any advice?

    I canít pay my bills, it affecting me because he loses control and doesnít come home, get in late; heís on a cycle and empty promises. I feel that Iím setting him up or asking too much that he will not be able to do it but I donít want to give in. I wrote on here last year in May about relationship and well I'm still in the same or close too the same situation.

    Advice or opinion or references please!
    Life is what you make out of it!

  2. #2

    Re: Need Advice I'm in a relationship with an Alcoholic

    Hi, i think u would benefit by going to an Al-Anon meeting.. if i remember correctly it's where the partners, wives, husbands ect of alcoholics can get support. I was married to an alcoholic and i'm afraid what i learned then is still true today..

    No amount of pressure you put or not put on a person to give up drink works. You cannot change him, He must want to give it up, and from himself, for himself. Age doesn't descriminate when someone wants to give up drinking. How long they have been drinking for doesn't matter. A.A(alcoholics anonymous) is a group he could try if he wants to give up drinking.

    But YOU can get help for yourself in how to cope in your situation from ppl who are experiencing similar. Ask your doctor if there is a group ( Al-Anon) near you, or maybe they are listed in the phone book. You have nothing to lose by going to one and talking to someone there. (in my opinion)

    Don't know if this helps but also remember YOU are not responsible for his drinking, the cause of his drinking... (he may have told you, you were, you're NOT!)

    You are responsible for your own actions not his.


    I hope you find help in dealing\coping with your situation, you do not have to do this on your own, there are ppl out there and here. Maybe the others here can suggest other ways..



  3. #3

    Re: Need Advice I'm in a relationship with an Alcoholic

    I was thinking al-anon too. Also agree that you can't change someone.

    Here's their website:

    http://www.al-anon.alateen.org/

    Here is where you can find meetings in your area or if there aren't any there is a phone number to call:

    http://www.al-anon.alateen.org/meetings/meeting.html

    don't know if this helps but also remember YOU are not responsible for his drinking, the cause of his drinking... (he may have told you, you were, you're NOT!)
    True.

  4. #4

    Re: Need Advice I'm in a relationship with an Alcoholic

    1. Is it possible to quite cold turkey?
    True or false; heís telling me he canít because he been drinking since he was 12 and heís 30 right now.
    Ultimately, the ONLY way to quit is really cold turkey. The biggest hurdle is wanting to do it and/or getting to the point where one recognizes that it is necessary. It may be difficult for him to do on his own - that's true - but he can use AA and/or addictions counseling, both available in pretty much any sizeable town in North America, to assist him.

    On the other hand, if he isn't ready to do it for himself, it may be overly optimistic to believe that he will be successful in doing it for you...

    2. How can I stay firm and not due like before give in? Any advice?

    I canít pay my bills, it affecting me because he loses control and doesnít come home, get in late; heís on a cycle and empty promises. I feel that Iím setting him up or asking too much that he will not be able to do it but I donít want to give in. I wrote on here last year in May about relationship and well I'm still in the same or close too the same situation.
    As suggested, Al-Anon for you is probably a good idea.


  5. #5

    Re: Need Advice I'm in a relationship with an Alcoholic

    Thank you all for your reply! I will take a look at al-anon.

    I really want to know that I've look into all possibilities before making a decisions. One thing I know is I can't accept the drinking anymore. Yesterday he had a few beers in front of me and I got totally upset, angry and I know I can't live like that. Not certain why my change and so drastic but I don't feel comfortable anymore.

    I have a big heart and I can take a lot but the last pains last weekend made me look at things differently.

    Thanks again for all you information!
    Life is what you make out of it!

  6. Re: Need Advice I'm in a relationship with an Alcoholic

    Good luck to you, Fancy. I think Al-Anon is a good idea for you, hon. I also think you've finally come to a decision that puts your own happiness foremost. That's a wonderful thing to hear. If you aren't happy, or don't feel safe in a relationship, that relationship has nowhere to go but down. If your partner doesn't understand that his drinking has to stop if he wants to hold onto someone who really cares about him, all the talking in the world isn't going to make him see it. For so many of the people who suffer from addiction, whether to drugs, alchohol, sex, or whatever, the only time they really seem to "get it" is when they find themselves totally alone.

  7. #7

    Need Advice I'm in a relationship with an Alcoholic- part 2

    As I wrote earlier on this tread, I want to keep to my decisions.

    Maybe someone was in a similar and can give me advice or someone would like to give me some. In the hopes this isnít to long but I need to see things clearly and fairly.

    Iíve express how Iíve felt and what I cannot accept in my relationship and now it seems that Iím asking to much and I donít compromises. Iíve pretty much give him providing for him (paid for him things that I cannot even do and the funny thing about it is I only realise it afterwards) the hold relationship, and paid more then I couldÖIíve ruined my finances, my name and moved 4 times within the period Iíve been in this relationship(2 yrs and 8mths).

    It even hard to have love feelings for him because of everything that happened during this time. Each time that I want or ask him to leave he finds ways to pull me into the relationship. I know that putting someone on the street lithely on the street is something that I have an extreme hard time with. I have a big heart but I know that Iím not helping myself to be in this.

    The booze is one of the financial burdens but also that he canít keep a job. I even got him to work at my office, doing small task and he found reasons to quite. He got 2- 4 months job, 3 home painting contracts and one right when we started going out that I got for him, thatís lasted 2-3 weeks max.

    Iím hurting emotionally, drained of energy and financially in a situation very critical. My kids are attached to him because heís more like a friend then anything else.

    Last night what really got me twisted up was that we had plan a steak diner with the kids as well as movies at home. Well I finish work and he was at the restaurant/bar. This is where some of my friends hang out after works. I donít drink and as well label ďDiet PepsiĒ, they are all people that pretty much that own or manage business around the area where I work. Originally networking and doing business was really what our meeting were at the beginning, now we develop relationship.(for the last 8 yr). Going back to last night, he was there waiting for me, I got there and it was one beer after the other and naturally Iím talking to everyone and I didnít keep a close tap on the tab. Well it came up to 46$ only in beer cause I get my pop free. It now 8:15, we left well, he now heard that one of his friends is playing music somewhere and he wants to go. I said no that one our promise to the kids and we canít afforded it. We already spend 240$! He said well I also want you to come. We had an argument, and he still thinks that he compromise all week so heís entitle to go. Iíve told him how important it was to me to be together and go with our original plans. Well I told him that Iíve been compromising for the last 2 and half yr that should be enough. Well I drove him there and I cried myself to sleep after the kids were in bed.

    I really need to end this, it completely dysfunctional. I want to succeeds and get on with my life. Save my kids and my selves.
    Life is what you make out of it!

  8. #8

    Re: Need Advice I'm in a relationship with an Alcoholic- part 2

    You're absolutely right. You DO have to end this, and you have to end it now. For the past 2 1/2 years, you've been trying to help this man get on his feet and on with his life. He has not chosen to use that help for the purpose for which it was intended. He's no better off now for what you've given, and you are infinitely worse off.

    You would not be putting someone "out on the street". People make choices for themselves. They can do the things they need to do to live happy, productive lives. They can have homes, and transportation, and good food, and love, and families. Or, they can drink themselves into the gutter. It is not up to you to provide this man a place in which to indulge his drinking, nor is it up to you to provide him with the drinks and the food and shelter it takes to keep him comfortable. That's his responsibility. Therefore, as I see it, you're not putting him "out in the street". The street is what he's choosing for a home. He's been offered better, but he's not willing to do the work necessary to have better.

    I hope what I've said makes sense to you, hon. You are responsible for yourself and your children. You are not responsible for this man. He must learn to be responsible for himself, and he'll never do so if you continue to make it unnecessary for him to do so. This relationship is bad for you and even worse for your children.

  9. #9

    Re: Need Advice I'm in a relationship with an Alcoholic- part 2

    hi fancy,
    i don't know if this will help you in trying to decide what you need\want to do.

    years ago, i threw my own son out. his drinking was causing havoc in the house, i didn't know what to do, because he was my son, "i can't throw him out", "i love him" "he'll think i hate him" "where will he go" and more all going thru my head.. (going on for months) at the same time seeing what he was doing to the other children in the house, fighting with them for no "real reason", the others fighting with me because of him. I would be rung (at work) to come home because he had gone out of control again and terrorising them. come home i would of course, can't have him there doing this... and all hell would break loose, but at least his attention was on me and not my other children. i used to dread going to work for fear of what he might do.. "i hope he doesn't get drunk tonight" even when not drunk, if he had no money, " he is at home now,, will the others be okay. he could start "war" drunk or sober. Some nights, i would make sure i was in bed before he came in, to avoid him, (otherwise he had an audience and would start something). i would be relieved that he was home safe, but at the same time dreading the fact that he was home drunk.
    then one night i thought this is like liveing with his father,(an alcoholic). i started looking in from outside the box. and i saw the similarites in my own behaviour. i.e. the way i behaved with (his father)
    I was tiptoeing around him, trying not to upset him, accepting his apologies, ("i own't do it again") each time. giving him money, buying his clothes, feeding him, at the same time while trying to work, keep the hse "going". and making excuses for his behaviour, his drinking when the others questioned why am i letting him stay here.
    I took me awhile to get to the that point tho ( of looking in from outside the box), and then realising i had to put him out for ALL our sakes. I felt that while i had a responsibility to him, i had a bigger one to the others, and myself at the time,,


    this is how i looked at his actions.
    He always had a reason for his drinking. (right or wrong, didn't matter to him, it was A reason)
    he lived at home, sure mother feeds me, buys me me clothes.
    mother will give me money.. if i make a case good enough,, i can persuade her.
    mother won't throw me out, she loves me.
    i can say i'm sorry.. and that'll sort her out,
    tell her i won't do it again, she'll believe me
    it's the others who cause the arguements not me.. their fault not mine.

    then i said to myself... he has this all worked out. he doesn't need to change anything.. why would\should he.. he has everything and everone where he wants them to be.
    i'd given him all the options, help, (you name i had tried it). Now it's time He takes responsibility for his actions.
    I told him i wanted him out.. and some of the reasons, of course he tried to persuade me that he would change.. but i told him, okay.. i will help u find other place to live.. IF in time I can see some changes in you.. then you might be able to come back here again. so that is what i did. I threw my son out.
    Today i might add, my relationship with my son is way better than when he lived here. he realises and understands why i had to take the action i did.

    i know this is very long... and may not help you in any way.. but i hope it does.
    the situations are different, but i think the principal? \ point is the same.
    And i don't know if this is right thing to say.. this man is not your son. he is an adult. He can and will take care of himself he is responsible for his own actions \ behaviour


    You have a responsibility to you and the children...





  10. #10

    Re: Need advice: I'm in a relationship with an alcoholic

    Thank you both! It means a lot!

    Notsure, I agree with you it very similar. In my situation he takes out come, good or bad. He never touched me or hit me but the play with words and the way he gets to his abusive, I realize that now. All the other times that I've ended, he get me back by arguing with mew till I can't think and exhausted, then he gets me with feelings, and the vicious circle starts again.

    I see it but always after then I get mad with my selves because I wake up still in the relationship. I do have feelings of love but more of pity and feeling responsible. Well again this is close to you and your son situation.

    What I'm really needed is to do it and not get caught in his circle and that I really have no clue on how to do it?

    I do know that I feed his habits. Now, I've put my foot down so he bored money else where except yesterday. I got to the groceries and on the Quebec side we have wine and beer in the groceries. He got it on the way out and I didn't say anything because I didnít what to be embarrassed or have a scene. All last week and a bit before he did his income tax and with a bit of income he got 300 back.

    I'm tired of being played with and I don't want to allow it, how do You Break the path?
    I look at Al-noon, but it more for someone that wants to stay in the relationship, not to get out? I've look online.

    Here is a place that I find that you can get answers, example and feeling part of a group no matter the issues that someone has. Everyone share their life and people learn from them.

    Life is what you make out of it!

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