Coping With Lying Alcoholics-Why they lie so much

How can you tell when an alcoholic is lying? There lips are moving. Coping (dealing) with the lying nature of the problem drinker is better done through accepting the fact that lies are a way of life for the substance abuser. They really have a problem with being truthful about anything.

Why do they lie so much? Let’s face it, they are living in a world of denial and if we get honest enough with ourselves, we will realize that we are living in denial as well. It’s really not important to understand why they do this, just accept the fact and leave them alone when they do it.


The sooner you can accept that lying is a part of the alcoholic’s lifestyle the better you will be able to cope. Dealing with someone who is not telling the truth is frustrating because it causes us to want to argue with them about not telling the truth.

Just learn how to zip your lip.

When we stop confronting them then there will be a lot less finger pointing going on. There is great freedom to be enjoyed once we stop judging an alcoholic.

When we learn that we do not have to try and prove to them that we know they are telling us a lie, then our frustration level will go down. This will help us to also stop blaming an alcoholic for much of our stress.

What is the point of confronting an alcoholic who is lying anyway? You know they are just going to deny the truth and stand up for the false reality that they perceive to be truth. Alcoholic liars come in every shape from a teenage son, daughter, spouse, mom, dad, grandmother or grandfather.

The reason they lie so much is because alcoholics are filled with shame. Have you ever known someone who when they were a child said they wanted to be an alcoholic when the grow up? Of course not, no one sets a goal to be addicted to some type of drug or substance. The alcoholic thinks and feels as though “they” are a mistake. For that reason they will lie about countless matters.

Unfortunately, lying is a comfortable way of life for the alcoholic. The best way of coping (or, dealing) with this problem is to just accept the truth and let them tell their lies without you pretending to be the private investigator who knows what really happened.

Trust me… When you start letting go of all the things they are doing, you will start losing your temper with an alcoholic less.

Just let them live their dysfunctional life and you enjoy yours without the additional fight for the day.
Author: JC Edited by: Odum On

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471 comments to Coping With Lying Alcoholics-Why they lie so much

  • Thank you SC
    I actually got an email from him todsy. Thought it was going to say all the things. I needed to hear…instead it started off by telling me that he is not feeling well today and just needed one thing from me.!! He needed a copy of my work stubs so he could get help with the light bill!! What!? You have got to be kidding! Well, I called him and explained ehy I was not going to help him. He didn’t like that but we didn’t argue it was a civil convo. I then let my emotions show by asking him if he was. Seeing someone else… I shouldn’t have asked but it felt good… of course he responds no I don’t want anybody else and I wish you you were here… yeah right so I then asked if he still wanted to be married.. of course he answered yes…. even though his answers are probably lies it felt good to ask. Besides if he really wanted to make things right wouldn’t he email me about us and not a light bill? I’m still confused and hurt. I still haven’t told him about my new place or that I filed for child support. I’m feeling pretty bad for not saying anything. Should I? How do I break it to him without him being upset and feeling betrayed? I probably shouldn’t care but I do love him and hope one day wr can be a true married couple again… help!!! t

  • Should I just send h an email about how I feel what I expect and my situation? I keep feeling like I want to call him up and tell him I how much I love him and miss him. I know this isn’t right but I feel like I’ve been forced out of my marriage against mywill. I still feel in love with my husband. I still have so much WIFE left in me… I’m confused.

  • Pez

    You must set boundaries Patricia! then if they are not met, you need to stand your ground on leaving. you’ve already made the first step. Patricia, with an alcoholic you need to follow your head not your heart! you read the post here. deciding right now do you want to live with an alcoholic for the rest of your life? yes or no? if not set strong boundaries and do not budge. and gradually, move on with your life.

  • Pez!
    You are right… I’m struggling. I just need to hear an opinion on my e telling him about my place. How do I tell him? What about the child support? Am I doing the right thing? I know its about taking care of our child but should I be taking a different route? Why am I having such hard time? He is the one that caused this pain. I’m sure my emotions didn’t help but should I feel the blame for this? He acts as if I made this choice without reason… well he says he knows why I left but he’s not saying anything else.. I’m just really confused. I’m really struggling right now.

  • Pez

    Patricia, there is no right or wrong way to do it. In my opinion, you don’t owe him anything or any explanation. But if your conscience is getting to you email and tell him you have moved out got your own place and it are filing for divorce and child support. Or you can choose just to wait till he gets served. There is no right or wrong way to do it. But do not be surprised once he finds out or you tell him he turns into a nasty SOB! if they don’t get their way they can get quite nasty and to me that shows their true colors.

  • You are right! I’m tired of catering to him and being afraid to lose him when he isn’t afraid to lose me. I need to finally except that I don’t have to walk on eggshells anymore!!

  • Well…
    I sent the email but of course I unloaded. I probably shouldn’t have done that… this is a painful process.

  • He is not responding to my emails.

    I feel like a fool!

  • Sally

    Patricia, you’re NOT a fool, but you should be able to feel the jerk of the chain you’ve voluntarily hooked yourself to. STOP worrying and fretting and howling about him! You’re so busy trying to live in his life that you’re not living in your own! Like most people, you prefer the evil you know to the evil you don’t. Guess what? There isn’t any evil out in the great big wide wonderful world like what you’ve known with your drunk soon-to-be ex- husband. Let. It. Go. It takes lots and lots and LOTS of practice, but you can do it. It’s not easy. Actually, it’s damn f*cking hard. But what’s harder and so much more destructive is thinking about being with him. He’s a habit that you can break.

    I spent 5 years with a drunk. A very charming drunk at times, but also a sorry, hateful, selfish, lying drunk most of the time. I saw the effect him being a drunk had on his grown children. If you persist in trying to keep him in your life in any way other than what you legally have to, you’re going to deliberately permanently damage your child. His daughters all hooked up with men like him, but eventually (with the help of a lot of talks with me) figured out that what had been their past didn’t have to be their future. His son was a full fledged drunk before he was 25. Is this what you want for your child? Your job is to protect your child, not to inflict harm because you choose to keep a drunk in your life.

    YOU can choose to let him stay in your life and keep damaging you. Your child can’t. You have to choose who you want most. Your drunk or your child. Because drunks don’t allow anybody to be first in anyone’s life who’s involved with them. They make everyone’s life about making things comfortable for them and keeping things comfortable.

    Drunks see the rest of the world as conveniences. No one in a drunk’s life is a real person. They’re only supporting cast for the drunk’s starring role. That will never change in a drunk’s life.

    As for why your drunk doesn’t seem more contrite when he’s the one who’s caused all the drama and heartache? It’s because in a drunk’s world, anything that they ever do because they were so drunk they can’t remember should be forgotten. I mean, gee, how can the sober world be so cruel as to expect them to be accountable for what they don’t remember doing? In their view, if they don’t remember, it didn’t happen. My ex- drunk said I wasn’t being fair to expect him to be sorry for something he couldn’t remember saying or doing. Didn’t hate to break it to him that just because HE didn’t remember didn’t mean that I didn’t. Can’t un-ring a bell, ya know?

    Patricia, stop and think about your life right this second. Is another year of this pain and torture ok with you? How about another 3 years? 5 years? 20? Expecting anything to be better with a drunk in your life is like thinking you can jump off a tall building and fly. You’d discover long before you hit the ground that you couldn’t, and you’d get to experience the terror of the trip down. Living with a drunk is just like that. YOUR life won’t get any better. Your child’s life will be ruined and completely warped by being around your drunk. I don’t care if he did father her. He’s not an active father. There’s a huge difference.

    I spent 5 years with my drunk. I’ve been gone 4 years this coming January. The first year plus was damn hard. But I survived. I let myself feel awful. I let myself cry. Then I finally figured out that how I was feeling wasn’t so much about him as it was about beating myself up for getting involved in the first place. That certainly wasn’t hurting him, right? So I cut that self-loathing off, got up, dusted myself off and I’ve kept moving. I have my job, my family, my friends and my house and life is good. I sleep at night knowing that I don’t have to worry about some stupid drunk getting stupid and setting something on fire or any of the other stupid things drunks do. I never have to be embarrassed by anyone’s behavior. I don’t have to be the DD ever again.

    You can do this, Patricia. It’s very early in your flight to freedom. Stop second guessing yourself and get on with taking back your life. Stay strong. Don’t give in to the impulse to hide behind the evil you know over the evil you don’t. It does get better. You will get stronger. But…don’t get involved with another man until you’ve spent a long time on your own and understand exactly why you ignored signals you picked up and should have paid attention to about your ex-. Understand why you were drawn to him. But stay strong and don’t give in. You can do this. You’ll find the same strength and understanding on this site that I did. Stay connected with the good people here. It helps more than you think.

    All my hopes and prayers for you and your child.

  • Sally

    Patricia, pictures of my ex- passed out in the kitchen floor helped keep my backbone strong when I felt weak. They helped me remember why I couldn’t go back down that road again.

  • Thank you Sally.

    All you are saying is very true but I’m really struggling.

    I want to call him. I miss him. Was I wrong for leaving.. why is this so hard. I didn’t think I would feel this way.

  • Pez

    Patricia, you obviously are not getting what we are saying to you! It sounds to me that you need to seek out a qualified counselor. we can give you encouraging words and let you know our experience with a drunk and how it ends up but we are not qualified as counselors. so my suggestion to you is either get a counselor or go back to him and go around the mountain a few more times until you hate him! that’s what we are trying to save you from. I had to go round the mountain three times before I got the message. peace to you and I wish you the best.

  • Thank you Pez!

    No, I get it… but it helps to purge what I want to do on this site without actually doing it. Its almost like a little therapy and hearing the feedback just helps me feel good that I didn’t give in because of the obvious. I’m sure you understand you have been through the storm. I know I will be as strong as you one day but right now I’m one of the ones that was just “rescued” so I have healing yo do. Being on this site is helping me.

  • Sally

    Patricia, we all know the danger of second-guessing our decisions. What you feel is just like everyone else here. It’s scary to make a change, but fear isn’t permanent. Remind yourself of one very important thing – feelings aren’t facts. The facts are that the life you had with your ex- was bad for you. The fact is that you can’t save him, but you can save yourself and your child.

    Understand this – you can crawl up on a cross for your ex-, but he won’t think any better of you for it.

    Leaving is hard because you’ve let his life overshadow yours. It may help to ask yourself what you’re avoiding in your life by focusing on his? It’s always easier to deal with his problems than to work on your own. STOP. Change is hard. You didn’t get into this mess overnight and you won’t get out of it in a day or a week or a month. But if you stay strong, you will get through it.

    Accept that you’ll feel bad for a long while, but that feeling will pass and you’ll get through this. Just keep coming here to talk it over. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Denise

    Hi Patricia, Take a deep breath. I was in a situation similar to yours but I did not leave. I had no family around. They were in a different town. Even they said they would help- I received none. So, ultimately, I stayed. I am a strong person but there are still those days after 35 yrs. I wish I had left. I had two young boys at the time. They saw and heard a lot. Every once in a while I’ll still say to them ” the three Musketeers” , and they smile. They know. No one can tell you what your heart is feeling. All the great advice is wonderful but ultimately it is your decision- and yours alone. And anyone who loves you should stand by you and your decision. Not ridicule. But, please remember this, your child comes first -Forever- no matter what. Your child is so much a part of you that in the years to come your bond and your strength will shine through in them. I always think to myself I didn’t sign up for this. This isn’t the way love should feel. You will be fine no matter what decision you make. It is a gloomy morning here. The fog is low in the trees. Time for a walk with my dogs. Maybe I’ll get some good pics this morning. Take care of you and yours. Always, Denise

  • Thank you Denise,

    I have been getting really good advice and wisdom and what you have said helps a lot. I wish I could have been as strong as you and able to stay and weather every alcoholic storm but I was exhausted and just couldn’t think anymore. I needed to leave so I could breath, think heal and regroup. I tried doing this while staying but I couldn’t stick to it. I am an emotional person and it got to be too much. I do still love and believe it or not still want myhusband. This is what I’m struggling with. is

  • Sally

    Patricia, I understand you still loving him. I still love my ex-. That’s a fact and a feeling. But another fact was and is that he isn’t good for me or to me.

    We can love many people in our lives, but we don’t have to allow them to remain in our lives to makes us less. A true marriage and love should make us more. That wasn’t my reality with my ex-, and it’s not your reality with your husband. We wouldn’t tolerate a friend treating us like our drunks did and do, so why would we tolerate it from someone who swears they love us yet treat us so badly? Love isn’t supposed to be a source of pain.

    Stay strong and focus on getting through the fear of being alone. You’ve come through rough times before and you can do it again. Read the stories on this site. They’ll help give you strength, knowing others have been where you are. Get mad and use the energy from it to push yourself. Stay strong. You’re stronger than you think. You can do this.

  • Thank you Sally,

    I’m trying to get through this one day at a time. I can’t wait for the day where I can testify on how I made it through!

    Thank you!

  • Sally,

    I just went back to some of the post from a few years back and came across one you wrote on Jan. 12th 2012…

    I’m am amazed at how strong you were then just having left your alcoholic a week prior to your post and here you are years later with that same strength that is helping people like me now. God Bless you!

  • Paula

    My husband and I have been married 11 years. About a year into the marriage he became abusive, verbally and physically. I never told anyone and kept silent. As the years have gone by, we have a son together who is 9 now. My husband was deployed twice as a civilian to Afganistan and Iraq. After coming back he grew more and more into his alcohol addiction. He has been in rehab 3 times and hospitals for detox 4 times. He still drinks and now is on the verge of losing his job. I have tried to be there for him but just a few days ago, he became intoxicated and because his demeanor becomes worse as he keeps drinking he was taken to the hospital once again, but this time I didn’t go get him. Instead, I filed a PFA. I love my husband , but nothing is waking him up to help himself. Now, I’m forced to separate my son and I from him, and I really feel guilty for doing it. I don’t know what I should do, if I should let him go and if he truly cares about his family, he will find a way to come back into our lives?? I really feel so bad. How does anyone deal with this?

  • Pez

    Paula, you are making the right decision for your son and you! The sad part about it is love is not a motivator to quit alcoholism or any addiction. he has to decide to do it for himself. I’ve heard rare circumstances where someone threatening to leave has motivated a drunk to quit drinking. it’s so much deeper than that, thats why its called addiction. So all I’m saying is don’t count on it. Plan to move on. I’m sorry for your circumstances sucks!

  • K

    Paula, Abuse physically or otherwise is unacceptable. Everything that can be done
    has not helped your spouse. He is past anything that could help him. You are wise
    to get your son and you away from his diseased brain and build a new life. MY heart
    aches for you and your son. Get out before something more serious happens to you
    or your son. He does not know what he is doin or right from wrong. Good luck

  • I want to thank you Pez and K for your support . It means a lot when you feel alone . Someone who hasn’t gone they this type of situation cannot understand fully how it affects a person . I find the blogs on this site to be very helpful to me and I am so happy I stumbled across it . I pray for anyone out there to stay strong . I have a long road ahead … So I will be looking forward to coming on to this site and getting some strength .

  • Pez

    Paula and Patricia, we are all here for you always. And you guys are always here for me. This site has been the best support anyone could ever ask for. Me 9 months out of that relationship I still have to come here to remind myself of a drunks cruelty! And it helped set me straight. not saying the paint the betrayal is not painful, it is. But this is the best support group anyone could ask for and I thank all of you!

  • This site has been a God sent. I’m going through all kind of stages due to my husbands alcoholism and ptsd. I finally got me and my 15 month old out of his way but now there is a whole gamet of emotions flooding me after the move… Paula I know how you feel. Keep on using this site it will help. I’m going through some changes but I’m surviving one day at a time. Stay true to your heart but be wise and keep praying for strength. Thats what I do

    Pez, Sally, Mmmm! and K just to name a few are wonderful people full of experience wisdom and tough love! God bless them all!

  • SC

    I do the same thing Pez. I come here to remind me of the alcoholics cruelty and it does feel good to not be alone. I am divorced but still can feel the pain from all of it. I told myself and my best friend that when I got to the other side of the river, I was going to be a better person, I just didn’t know how long that would take. Still working on it.
    Glad we all have each other.

  • Pez

    Hope all is going ok Patricia. We haven’t heard from you lately and I am very hoping very much you didn’t go back to him! Let us know how you are.

  • Hi Pez,
    Thank you for the thinking of me! I haven’t gone back to him completely but we have been talking. I’m trying to find a therapist in my area that I can afford and will help me with my codependency and self esteem issues. I’m all over the place right now with my emotions. I’m weak and I know it. I have to get help.

  • Pez

    Good move Patricia counseling would be great! They will help you see things in a different way. Be careful talking to him they are good liars to get what they want! Very smooth talkers. Just remember alcohol will always be above you or anyone else! His first love.

  • Thanks Pez,

    I went to Vet court with him today… trying to be supportive as usual. I’m not yet convinced that he is really trying to make a real change for himself but just trying to comply to stay out of jail. He says all the things he thinks I want to hear but I’m no longer taking those wooden niclels!! I’m just confused. He is showing his sweet self again but I now REALLY know the monster that lives within… part of me wants my husband back the other part just wants to be completely free!!! Completely.

  • Teri

    I’m dealing with an a verbally abusive alcoholic who I believe he has a personality disorder. He lacks compassion, empathy. I’ve been with him for 32 years. I he gas lights. I know I need to leave but I’m sick….many health Issues. I have MS and other major medical issues. I’m afraid to leave for several reasons..I don’t have the money for Attorney…a place to live and money to live on. I worry about medical Insurance, Medication ect… I’m scared and don’t know how to pull this off….any Ideas!!! Help.

  • Teri

    I forgot to hit the contact me if I get a reply…sorry..

  • Paula

    The only thing I can think to do in a situation like that is to call a mental health crisis hotline in your area. They might be able to inform you of the resources available to you.
    Good luck i can imagine what your going through.

  • Teri

    I have already done that…I was told to go to a shelter..I will not leave my two dogs..they have been my support. Resources are slim. I think I have tried everything…one Attorney said to borrow the money…I can’t do that..they want 300.00 an hour.

  • Paula

    I hate to say it, because i understand the love you have for your dogs, but this sounds like it’s about survival, and you will have to make very hard decisions if you really want to survive. The theme in the movie Shawshank Redemption, is “Get busy living or get busy dying”,It is a decision in the end, Maybe you could find temporary living situations for them, but one thing is for sure, getting out won’t be easy, but you need to believe you are worth saving, and be creative. Think outside the box, try to stay positive, remember you are your best friend, what wouldn’t you do for yourself?

  • Teri

    Hi Paula, I know your right in everything you said and I thank-you for the reply. I’m just such a low point that it takes all I have to get moving..the stress has me down and I’m so depressed…I’m trying hard to get the ball rolling on this but its so overwhelming.. So much to be done and taking a shower wipes me out!! Grrrrrrr not emotionally in a good place for SO MUCH CRAP! It’s making my MS worse….

  • Paula

    Hi Teri,
    You sound very alone, is there anyone you know who can help you, and take some of the pressure off?

  • Teri

    Hi Paula, I am alone, I have Isolated myself for years.due to backlash.I’m really struggling with this mess. I do talk to my Dad who is my rock!! But he has his own issues and is 79. He wants me to get out of this mess but I did call another Attorney thats good but she’s on maturity leave.I had appointment set for Nov 9th but for some odd reason my husband took that day off…it’s really weird how he knows things that he shouldn’t know about..kinda creepy.I really don’t have anyone to call on for help. I have a couple friends I have called on but they work and have lives of their own… It’s so lonely. When I called the Attorney to make another appointment…I found out she’s having a baby and will be out for awhile….grrr frustrated to the Max…..So lost..

  • Paula

    Hi Teri,
    My heart goes out to you. My past relationship was with someone who seemed to have that kind of sense too, i eventually had to pack a back pack and go to my Parents place, I literally had to start over with just the clothes in one back pack, after 18 years. It sounds to me like yours is a control freak too, who has been instrumental in isolating you, on top of being an alcoholic. I know you are frustrated, but hang in there and don’t give up. It doesn’t matter how slow you go as long as you don’t stop. Best of luck.

  • Teri

    Hi Paula, this is so paralyzing… Reading the other posts here…I don’t understand why we go through the emotions of feeling we did something wrong…find ourselves missing the toxic person in our life. Maybe it’s because we are always told it’s our fault and that WE are the problem….as bad as it is…its our normal… I’m told I’m out of control…I’m the problem..I’m crazy..I’m the one that need help….. It’s hard…and so very overwhelming.. Now I’m getting the silent treatment.. He’s told me to take what I want and get the F%$# out…he’s really arrogant… Lacks emotion, empathy ect…with my illness its just so much harder…Stress triggers my MS….I’m so tired of all of the emotional abuse…it’s taken it’s toll on me. Thanks for your reply. I’m trying…

  • Paula

    Hi Teri, I think we know how to manage our own pain, but not how to manage the feeling of guilt of hurting others, so we put ourselves into a position where we are the receivers of aggression. Also we are very empathetic, and the yin to our yang are people who are not empathetic, so we don’t have to worry about carrying the guilt of their empathy. Does that make sense to you? Unfortunately this form of denying ourselves compassion from others, creates autoimmune types of disorders, I’m not sure what causes MS, but for sure the stress is taking it’s toll. We have to come to the point where our own health and lives are not something we can afford to ignore anymore, and we have to decide to act. Only then do we feel we have adequate reason to defend ourselves and stand up to our suppressor. The reality though, is we had adequate reason the whole time. We deserve real love, and happiness like anyone else. The most powerful thing anyone ever said to me was ” It doesn’t have to be that way”, as if it freed me and gave me permission to live MY life. You have served your sentence, payed your self imposed dues, now go live your life, it’s too short and fragile as it is. Try to think and feel positive and remember you deserve so much more, and only you can give it to yourself. Keep trying, you will only get better at it. 🙂

  • Denise

    Paula hit the nail on the head!! I have had people come up to me at work and say ,” your husband is such a nice guy, always funny, and can let things roll right off his back”. We work at the same place and I look at these people and say ,”really?!, live with him and his crap!! ” I don’t know how many times a day I have to remind myself that his alcoholism is not my fault. He continues to go down the path of self destruction and unfortunately sometimes it can leave you very alone. There is no denying this path that WE have chosen is hard. Have you ever sat in the sun after days of gloom and it felt so good? Enveloping you in wonderful warmth. I believe that when this all comes to an end for me that is how my life will feel every minute of every day. I will feel alive. We are all very strong and I wish all of you well. Time for a walk with my wonderful dogs. 19 degrees and a blustery wind. Perfect!

  • Paula

    Thank you Denise. All the best!

  • Teri

    Thank-you you Paula…your so right! Denise your right too…Thanks for the support! Much Appreciated. 🙂 I made a few calls today for a consult with Attorney!! Try to get an Idea of what I will have to do and deal with. Wishing all of you the very best with your struggles!

  • LYNN

    I have been in a relationship with alcoholic for 7 months and just called it off yesterday.
    I fell head over hills for this guy and I love him. It is with a sad heart to know the bottle will
    always come first. I thought I had found my soulmate, he had all the right words to say. That being said, he also is full of lies and has several mornings when he struggles to remember the night before. He made all kind of plans and promises he could not keep, always telling me not to worry everything was gonna be ok. I became less happy and more stressed. there is no doubt they have a tough life. I thought I could make a difference..(WRONG) I love him dearly and did not want to leave but the rollercoaster ride of emotions became to much. Its hard to know he has great potential and cant use it. I really do wish everyone on here the best. Right now I cant say im glad I got out early on right now. I just hope the pain and desire to be with him subside soon…

  • Pez

    Good for you Lynn! I so wish I had the knowledge and the support group so much earlier to get out earlier than I did! they are very good con artist and kept me hooked for 5 years of my life. its hard at first Lynn, but believe me you will be thankful a year from now.

  • Paula

    Good luck to you Lynn, your instincts are right on. Peoples actions truly speak louder than words. You should be proud of yourself for following your instincts.

  • Le Le

    To all of you who are going through life or a relationship with an addict….we all have different circumstances, but the main thing in common….the alcoholic.
    If you haven’t read the Book Codependent NO MORE, I suggest you get a copy and read it. You need to work on yourself….why do you feel the need to fix and help your soon to be partner??? DON’T!!! Take the time to learn about you and focus on you…not the alcoholic, because believe me they aren’t focusing on you.
    Expecting from an alcoholic is like expecting to win the Big Power Ball just recently….in comparison…the likelihood of you winning the jackpot is less than you getting hit by a meteor. Alcoholics behave like alcoholics dry or drunk. YOU CANNOT HELP THEM! YOU CANNOT TALK RATIONALLY TO THEM! YOU CANNOT TRUST THEM! YOU CANNOT LIVE A NORMAL LIFE WITH THEM! YOU CANNOT DEPEND OR RELY ON THEM!
    SAVE YOURSELF AND YOUR CHILDREN FROM THEIR DYSFUNCTION, THE HEARTACHE AND TROUBLE! ALCOHOLICS have to want to quit, change, stay dry, do counseling…etc. It’s a lot of work for them…its much easier to lift the bottle to their mouth and escape reality than it is to do the work.

    I commend those who have chosen to and continue to do the work and have been replacing the bottle with what and who helps them to strive for a better life for themselves and those who love them.
    Those of you who have left…HOORAY!! RUN and don’t look back….you just made one of the smartest decisions you will make in your life!! DO NOT let them lure you back in!!!!! THEY MASTER MANIPULATORS, CHARMERS, KNOW EXACTLY WHAT TO SAY TO REAL YOU BACK IN AND ARE NOT GOING TO CHANGE! They may tell you they will and even show you they are attending AA, counseling and then getting their bottle after. They will drink the least amount at first to fool you. For an alcoholic…they need the thrill of something in their life…YOU ARE NOT IT…YOU ARE THEIR PARTY POOPER!!

    You will ALWAYS distrust….why bother going through the rest of your life feeling the need to check, be the mother or police, caretaker, worry about finances, abuse, cheating, the next shoe to drop??

    If they are sober for quite some time….there is always a chance of relapse….

    If you are still in it, dealing with it and feel trapped or guilty for leaving him/her….just think….about all that you have been through thus far…what can you do to make yourself (child) happy without the dysfunction and stress. How long do you put up with it?? They don’t give a shit about you, your kid, a future, they just want their booze and to not be alone, and control you. PLAN, PLAN, PLAN….job, money, friends, family, church, school, therapist, group therapy, happiness, love, support. If you are financially set then you are one step ahead of the rest.
    For the most part these addicts are good people that have become slaves to the devil (the bottle). Its a constant hell…with the devil sitting on their shoulder every minute of every day. They do have choices and if they choose to use…the devil wins…hands down.

    I am married to an alcoholic and have walked down both paths….a sober one for 12 years and the other a drunk one for the last 3 (first year I had no idea until my daughter found a travel size Smirnoff bottle on the garage floor) years. After a car accident where only he was involved with a box truck that T-boned him (their vehicle was fine and they chose to leave after the police gave them the clear because it was my husband who didn’t double look left. He was not drinking…just stopped at the bank on the way to work) He drinks after work and starts at noon on the weekend. He has lied, cheated, manipulated, broke us financially and our marriage these last 3 years. He is not able to carry on with a relationship with his Me, his wife, children, grandchildren because he is too busy hiding, sneaking, and lying about ‘not’ drinking. Then he needs to feel like he’s a great guy (not a bad boy) with everyone at work who don’t have a clue that he is what he is…and does what he does….they all LOVE him. So that is his thrill, along with a new long distance relationship with a work related woman that I stopped as it was beginning (I still felt betrayed), because I have very good instincts and waited for the perfect time (so she couldn’t cry sexual harassment). I haven’t been able to be close with his kids, he and they hide when he they talk on the phone or have got together 4 times in 4 years. I blamed myself for failing to earn their acceptance and respect (while the their passed mom was put on a pedestal), and while reading the book “Codependent NO MORE” I came to realize I was like the sperm trying to get into the egg (only way I can explain it) and the egg bouncing me back out. And why?? Well I grew up on a pretty normal family, no addictions and I was trying to save him and his daughter after the death of their mom who passed from alcoholism and drug abuse (REMEMBER WHAT I SAID ABOUT TRYING TO SAVE, HELP OR FIX….DON’T!!!). I no longer worry about not fitting in to their dysfunction, it is all their issues (each their own) and has nothing to do with me, therefore I do not take it personally any longer. I wish things could have been different..I am one of the biggest advocates of family and friends. I have children of my own…grown now. I know they blame me and accuse me for keeping him away from them….when in fact…they keep themselves away from each other. Its really interesting to stand out on the outside and look in.
    I have also learned that I can’t change him, as much as I would love to and go on having the life I used to have, I surrendered and told God its in his hands…its not my fight. Its his job to say God, I need your help, I am not strong…I have to give it to you. I have taken over the finances (and NO I do not feel guilty, I am helping myself/us. I have been focusing on ME with the help of a Al anon therapist, the book and support from my dear dear friends and family. I am a cancer survivor for 13 years and my health is very important to me…I will not subject myself to anything or anyone who causes me stress. My husband is a senior, I grew up old school, and couldn’t wrap my head around what I was experiencing and going through with an alcoholic. I began with Al-anon therapy, reading and thinking and am making the necessary changes…I AM IN CHARGE OF MY LIFE!

    You may say, she’s a hypocrite she’s telling me to leave when she’s not. My husband is older and his health has not been good…the good in me….the vows I took keep me here. I have taken over the finances (he is working) and he has no control any longer. Had I been younger…I would have left after learning what I have, and not looked back…of course because you leave still caring and loving the person you leaving.

    I wish each and every one of you who have a loved one (or so you thought) who uses and are at a loss for what to do. It is up to them…NOT YOU! Do not take what they say and do personally, it is the alcohol or drug talking. They will cry poor me, throw the blame on you, or the booze, make you be the bad guy when negative situations arise at their hands. It is their issue(s), NOT yours! You should not feel that any of it is because of something you said, or did, or caused.

    Get YOUR LIFE in order….and TAKE CONTROL! <3
    Just take the time…do for you…this is YOUR life. How do you think you should spend the rest of it??

  • LYNN

    Thank you Pez and Paula

    This is not going to be easy, I have family and friends that will help see me through…Its hard to walk away from someone you love. I hope he can shake this demon one day and lead a productive life, that will and can only be his choice. He will forever be in my heart…

    Le Le, thank you for your story and best of luck to you and yours.

    This is day 2 on my leaving, wish me luck…

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