Principles in Handling an Alcoholic Spouse

Do you have an alcoholic spouse? Maybe they go to far when they are drinking. They might seem to have their drinking under control...for now. Either way, there are some principles that can help you to stay happy during their continued abuse of alcohol. These principles can also save a lot of heartbreak and help you to continue your life whether or not your spouse gets help for their addiction. Don't Be Angry According to Chapter 8 of the Big…...
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The Strangers of Alcoholism

In Chapter 8 of the Big Book, it states, "When drinking, they were strangers." Spouses of alcoholics often see their significant other as a stranger when they are under the influence of alcohol. They see them in a different light than the man or woman they married. If you are married to an alcoholic, you often see a stranger in your loved one. Alcoholism has taken over their life and made them into what seems to be a different person.…...
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What Do Wives of Alcoholics Often Do?

Unfortunately, an addiction doesn't just affect the alcoholic. While it should be noted that women can be alcoholics, as well, today we talk about the wives of alcoholics. The wives of alcoholics are often found doing things that support the alcoholic instead of giving them an ultimatum. According to Chapter 8 of the Big Book, there are many things that wives of alcoholics may do. They may think they are helping their husband. However, there is a difference between helping…...
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Tips on Holding a Proper Intervention

Do you know of someone who is struggling with an addiction? Do they abuse illegal drugs, prescription drugs, or alcohol? An addiction is not just hard on the alcoholic or addict. It is difficult for the people around the alcoholic or addict as well. If you are wanting to help the alcoholic or addict in your life, you can hold an intervention. However, before doing so, there are some tips for holding a proper intervention that you should know about.…...
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The Ways of an Alcohol Addiction

According to Chapter 7 of the Big Book, it talks about being baffled by learning that you have an addiction, the mental twists associated with drinking again, and more. Does all of this sound familiar to you? If so, you probably have an alcohol addiction or you know someone who does. There is a lot to an alcohol addiction and the ways may change from one person to the next. However, with that being said, there are some consistencies from…...
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Should You Press an Alcoholic to Recover?

There are many ways in which you can help an alcoholic to recover. However, many people think you can force an alcoholic to overcome their addiction. This is not true. One question that is commonly asked is whether you can press an alcoholic to recover. For the most part, the answer is no. Doing so, may ruin the chance to help them when they are truly ready. However, just because you shouldn't press them, doesn't mean you shouldn't do what…...
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Preventing Alcohol Abuse in Teenagers

Unfortunately, there are many teenagers who are abusing alcohol. Some are starting to drink as young as 10 years old and become an alcoholic by the time they are a teenager. This is very scary, yet, very true. If you know of any teenager who is consuming alcohol, do your best to get the to stop. Sometimes, if they are already addicted, they may need to get help from an alcohol or drug treatment center. The good news is that…...
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What is an Addict?

When you read the N.A. Book, you will come to understand that an addict is "People whose use of any mind-altering, mood changing substance causes a problem in any area of life. Addiction is a disease that involves more than the use of drugs. Some of us believe our disease was present long before we used." If you have developed this disease, whether it was to alcohol or drugs, you can get into one of the best detox programs to…...
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Determining Whether You Have an Addiction

Millions of people suffer from a drug or alcohol addiction. Some of these people do get the treatment they need from drug or alcohol rehab centers. The problem is there are many people who don't even know they have an addiction. Some don't think they drink or do drugs too much. Others make excuses for their drug or alcohol use. Some people are in denial. Others don't really know how to define an addiction. The good news is that there…...
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The Alcoholic is Like a Tornado

According to Chapter 6 of the Big Book, it states, "The alcoholic is like a tornado..." If you have ever been around an alcoholic or if you are a recovering alcoholic or addict, you know this statement is true. While many people who are actively living an addictive lifestyle don't want to believe this is true, it is. There is more to an addiction than just the alcoholic or addict drinking or doing drugs. Lives are often destroyed because of…...
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