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My therapist once said: “If you have family members who are alcoholics, you have no choice but to stand by them.
Do you justify it because they are still “functional”?
We’re asking because after Addiction Campuses released this blog, “The 4 Stages of Alcoholism for the Functioning Alcoholic,” the article went viral.
Do you ever wonder if you or a loved one are on the edge of having a problem with alcohol abuse or alcoholism?
But after we talked about it, he finally admitted to having a problem, and he promised he could easily get it under control. At this point, we were already living together, so I supported him by keeping a dry house.
I wouldn’t drink at weddings, birthday parties, or any other social event, since I didn’t want to tempt him. Still, Jake would pass out on the couch like clockwork at 7 p.m.
By the time Friday rolled around, my first thought was getting to the bar and tying one on. It doesn’t have to get worse before it gets better.
As soon as the alcohol began to metabolize in my body, I felt like I could finally take a deep breath. Over time, I really began to have no other coping skills for life. You can catch it before using alcohol as a coping mechanism, before the DUIs, before the isolation, and before the distended stomach.
When I would repeat those questions to him, he’d shrug his shoulders and say, “That’s just the way I am.”One night, while we were watching a movie in his bed, I found an empty pint-sized bottle of vodka in with his sheets.