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When Life Becomes "Unmanageable" Because of Alcohol or Drugs
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 • Posted January 27, 2010

Step One in Al-Anon: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable.

"He has a good heart somewhere deep inside. He is smart and a wonderful man with a disease that I know in my heart that I can’t fix but keep trying. I am only 39 years old but feel like all joy has disappeared for me…. feel like my only choice is to let him keep drinking and killing himself or fight to keep him alive and keep his job and have him hate me. Tonight he is drunk again. And so I am again hiding in our bedroom while he sits in the living room drinking a big bottle of rum (the smell makes me gag) and watching TV. He will pass out on the couch soon and in the morning I will have to try to convince him that I am full of hope and that he should go to work. Then I have to drive us to work (since he had a DUI) and then have another day where I pretend my life is happy and "normal", not knowing if he will disappear part way through the day and take out payday loans to support this habit since our bank account is overdrawn. No one at work has a clue!".....Chloe

"My wife is an alcoholic and it has been such a struggle for so long it has made my life unmanageable as well .. if I were to do a personal inventory of all the reasons why,I would be writing all night. I do, however, see hope .. even though I feel like it can’t get any worse because you know what? I CAN get my life back…I am in charge of me and I DON’T have to worry about controlling someone else anymore…. well at least those are goals I am setting. I encourage you to go to Al-Anon for a new beginning for yourself. we deserve our happiness too, right ? And it’s out there for us… we just have to want it and work for it and stay true to our beliefs. I never ever thought I would go … but I was glad I did and now look forward to the meetings .. you will be surprised how comfortable and at ease you will feel after just a short time. It is more than therapy… it is to gain knowledge, share stories— good and sometimes bad, but it’s for you, not the alcoholic in your life… it’s for YOU and YOUR recovery."…..Kevin

Al-Anon is not allied with any sect, denomination, political entity, organization, or institution. It is a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope, in order to solve their common problems. We meet every Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. at the Historical Building. Please call 347-5805 or 258-4441 for more information.

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