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Dealing with an
Alcoholic Spouse
Brought to you by
StrongSpiritSobriety.com
Do you live with someone that may be an alcoholic?
Does your spouse’s drinking impact the running of your
household?
If it...
Here are some things that can help you to encourage them
to get help, and also help you deal with their addiction.
First of all, don’t nag and don’t be a martyr. Yes, you need
to have a conversation with your spouse if their drinking is
...
Educate yourself about alcoholism. It is a disease and a
terrible addiction. Learn everything you can about it, it will
he...
Have a conversation with them when they are sober.
Whichever option you are choosing, you need to discuss
the choices you’...
Take care of yourself. Living with an alcoholic can be
unbelievably difficult for the spouse. You need to know
what your o...
Stay and do nothing. Be prepared for a long and bumpy
road. It may be fraught with mental or physical abuse and
humiliatio...
Leave. Pack up and get out. Sever all ties, hope they get
help. They most likely won’t. Are you ready for that?
Ways to ta...
Stay, with options. This means you both get help. The
spouse who is drinking needs to get into a program, so
does the one ...
Does this all sound like tough love?
Yep, it is.
The first step in recovery has to be admitting there is a
problem, and co...
It can be done. People can change. It will be a long road, no
doubt. However, many people have gone on to lead happy
and p...
To learn more, please visit:
StongSpiritSobriety.com
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Dealing with an Alcoholic Spouse

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Do you live with someone that may be an alcoholic? Does your spouse’s drinking impact the running of your household? If it’s to the point that you’re wondering whether or not they’re an alcoholic, they probably are. Here are some things that can help you to encourage them to get help, and also help you deal with their addiction.

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Dealing with an Alcoholic Spouse

  1. 1. Dealing with an Alcoholic Spouse Brought to you by StrongSpiritSobriety.com
  2. 2. Do you live with someone that may be an alcoholic? Does your spouse’s drinking impact the running of your household? If it’s to the point that you’re wondering whether or not they’re an alcoholic, they probably are.
  3. 3. Here are some things that can help you to encourage them to get help, and also help you deal with their addiction.
  4. 4. First of all, don’t nag and don’t be a martyr. Yes, you need to have a conversation with your spouse if their drinking is having an effect on your life. However, you have to learn how to approach the topic and how to deal with them. Step One:
  5. 5. Educate yourself about alcoholism. It is a disease and a terrible addiction. Learn everything you can about it, it will help you to understand what they are going through and how to proceed. Step two:
  6. 6. Have a conversation with them when they are sober. Whichever option you are choosing, you need to discuss the choices you’re making and how it will affect their life. Make it clear that you will not cover up for them. You won’t make excuses for them. If they drive under the influence you will turn them in. If they are arrested you will not rescue them. Step three:
  7. 7. Take care of yourself. Living with an alcoholic can be unbelievably difficult for the spouse. You need to know what your options are and you need support for whatever choice you make. Step four:
  8. 8. Stay and do nothing. Be prepared for a long and bumpy road. It may be fraught with mental or physical abuse and humiliation. Are you ready for that? Ways to take care of yourself:
  9. 9. Leave. Pack up and get out. Sever all ties, hope they get help. They most likely won’t. Are you ready for that? Ways to take care of yourself:
  10. 10. Stay, with options. This means you both get help. The spouse who is drinking needs to get into a program, so does the one who is sober, and you should both seek counseling. Are you ready for that? Ways to take care of yourself:
  11. 11. Does this all sound like tough love? Yep, it is. The first step in recovery has to be admitting there is a problem, and coming to the conclusion that they want help. They need to see what they will lose if their behavior continues. But they also need to see how it can be if they stop. There is usually a reason why an alcoholic gets to where they are. Until they see the “why”it will be difficult to see the future as a sober adult.
  12. 12. It can be done. People can change. It will be a long road, no doubt. However, many people have gone on to lead happy and productive sober lives.
  13. 13. To learn more, please visit: StongSpiritSobriety.com

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