Our expert says:
Well, let's not conclude that 2012 won't be your year, just because January wasn't your month !
Sounds like your husband has made a very sensible step in facing alcoholism and admitting to himself and to you that he has a problem, and seeking proper expert help. AA alone wouldn't help -- he neds a professional ssess ment and advice first, and help to dry out for a start, though AA may then help him to say sober ( the next essntial step ). Also, he should arrange to see a CBT style psychologist / counsellor who can help him deal better with the stresses he has been experiencing, and to learn alternatives to a beer to relax and cope. The counsellor can also help him to repair his self-esteem, and both the counsellor and the shrink can help treat his depression. This could produce a great improvement which would benefit all of you,
Don't panic. Your support will be imporant but doesn't require much more than supporrt and love, both of which you are already good at.
ANd I fully endorse Maia's excellent comments. There;s no value in continuing to argue nwith yourslf as to whether or not he is alcoholic just because he doen't match the particular stereotyped image you have f how an alcoholic would be.
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