Julie, an active Al-Anon member shares her experiences dealing with alcoholism in loved ones, and how Al-Anon helped.
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I also lived in an alcoholic family growing up and now am married to an alcoholic husband. My father has now been sober for 35 years and still has liver problems. He went to AA and has since apologized to my mother re: the raising of my sister and I and how he wasn’t around because he was drunk. Now living with an alcoholic I see the same exact pattern. He is not the same man I married. We both drank back then but he has gotten worse. Trained me to not drink because I have to take care of… Read more »
My husband is attending A.A. in the morning. He says he is ready. But I’m going to always be afraid to let him out of sight, let him have money, etc. I don’t know how to overcome this and stay strong for him when I feel resentment for being weak. I know it’s an illness, but I resent it.
I am about to turn 40, and am keenly aware I’m at a very crucial crossroads in my life. Important change is in the air, and as this time encroached upon me, I wasn’t sure what the impending change may be. It just so happened that last year both of my precious grandparents passed away–Grandma in April, Grandpa in October. I can’t adequately convey in words how much these two people meant to me. Since I was a child, I had tried to mentally imagine the reality of losing them some day, and the thought was so intolerable I pushed… Read more »
I was married for 25 years. We had so many problems that alcohol was overlooked. The shadow of accidents to the alcoholic and deaths in our immediate family shook us, but kept the addiction problems covered up. I implemented understanding my alcoholic and encouraging her, which has had the effect of increasing her guilt and shame–something I never expected. She no longer keeps in contact. I didn’t expect my recovery to separate us. I would like to go back to enabling, but that door is now shut to me. We have three children and thanks to taking home the Al-Anon… Read more »
My husband of 42 years is an alcoholic–in denial, of course. He is either stumbling drunk or hungover, no in-between. I’ve lived with his drinking for more than 20 years. Doctors have told him he’s sick, but he says he just fires that doctor. We almost separated 15 years ago due to his drinking. I’m afraid if I leave him he will drink himself to death, which he is already doing. Our kids don’t like being around him. They are older, both in their 30s, and they’ve seen the problem most of their lives. With that being said, I don’t… Read more »
Thank you for the podcast. Useful to listen to this. I hear so many things I can identify with. I am planning to find and attend a local Al Anon meeting.
My husband is an alcoholic. We have been married 26 years. He lost his father at age 49, brother at age 47 – who just both happened to drink every day. I really thought losing his brother last year would have scared him into quitting. He is 46. Our oldest son is getting married next year. I am afraid he will not live to see it. He is drinking and driving every day and I just don’t know what to do. We can’t afford to live separately now. As much as I want a divorce, we have a 17 and… Read more »
I stumbled across this podcast while looking for information on what Al-Anon is and how it might help me. I appreciate so much hearing Julie’s story. I’m feeling hopeful that however this all turns out perhaps even if my husband doesn’t seek the help he needs, I’ve found some help for myself. Looking forward now to my first meeting on Friday and hopeful I will find the same support and acceptance Julie described. Thank you.