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Posted by: Lena | 2011-08-24

leaving an Alcoholic

Hi, my husband is an alcoholic for the last 5 years. The first 2 years he drank every day. After 3 rehabs in 2 years he became sober and was also diagnosed with depression. He has been sober for 3 years but began drinking again last month. He could not be stopped until he lost his job, was in a car accident and was admitted (against his will) into another rehab.
Will he ever be able to live a normal life? I love him very much and will continue to get him help but, I am considering a leaving him. He says that this was the last time and he will never drink again. What are his chances? We have 2 small children and I do not want them to grow up in an environment like this.

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Hi Lena thank you for you post. As painful and as difficult as it is we are totally powerless over our loved ones addiction. The backbone of your husbands recovery is a Twelve Step programme, until he completely surrenders, relapse will be apart of his journey.
For now you need to concentrate on your own health, happiness and serenity. We strongly suggest visiting your own Twelve Step Fellowship. Al-anon is a free fellowship of men and women that have similar experiences to you with alcoholic loved ones.

Al-Anon Family Groups offer understanding, help and support to the families of problem drinkers. They are a fellowship of relatives and friends who share experience, strength and hope in order to solve common problems. They believe that alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid recovery.

Al-Anon is not allied with any sect, denomination, political entity, organization or institution; does not engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any cause. There are no dues for membership. Al-Anon is self supporting through its own voluntary contributions, plus the sale of our Conference-approved literature.

Meetings are free, anonymous and confidential. Their primary purpose is to help families of problem drinkers.

They understand as few others can. Your enquiry is confidential and anonymous. If you are concerned about someone's drinking, we encourage you to browse our web site for more information about our program.


Get in touch with us:

Call us on: 0861 25 26 66 or Email us on : help@alanon.org.za

Wishing you the warmest of regards
The Harmony Team

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Posted by: Addictions expert | 2011-08-26

Hi Lena thank you for you post. As painful and as difficult as it is we are totally powerless over our loved ones addiction. The backbone of your husbands recovery is a Twelve Step programme, until he completely surrenders, relapse will be apart of his journey.
For now you need to concentrate on your own health, happiness and serenity. We strongly suggest visiting your own Twelve Step Fellowship. Al-anon is a free fellowship of men and women that have similar experiences to you with alcoholic loved ones.

Al-Anon Family Groups offer understanding, help and support to the families of problem drinkers. They are a fellowship of relatives and friends who share experience, strength and hope in order to solve common problems. They believe that alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid recovery.

Al-Anon is not allied with any sect, denomination, political entity, organization or institution; does not engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any cause. There are no dues for membership. Al-Anon is self supporting through its own voluntary contributions, plus the sale of our Conference-approved literature.

Meetings are free, anonymous and confidential. Their primary purpose is to help families of problem drinkers.

They understand as few others can. Your enquiry is confidential and anonymous. If you are concerned about someone's drinking, we encourage you to browse our web site for more information about our program.


Get in touch with us:

Call us on: 0861 25 26 66 or Email us on : help@alanon.org.za

Wishing you the warmest of regards
The Harmony Team

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